Study Group: Confronting Corruption in Defense of Human Rights


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Littauer 166 (IOP Conference Room), HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Carr Center Senior Fellow Sherman Teichman and Co-Convener Professor Nikos Passas will convene the second semester of their study group, exploring the relationship between corruption and human rights.

Download the study group brochure here.

The objective of this study group is to deepen and expand our understanding of the links between corruption and human rights, to investigate methods exposing corrupt practices, and to enhance global anti-corruption efforts.

Human Rights in Corrupt Environments

Nicolas Giannakopoulos is President and cofounder of OCO, the Organized Crime Observatory and Director of the Geneva-based criminal investigation company. He was in charge of a three-year research program financed by the Swiss Confederation entitled “Swiss Corruption and Organized Crime”. Prior to this, he has been active in many research programs and has carried out numerous analyses for large institutions. He has closely collaborated with magistrates and police services and was rewarded with the medal of Merit from the Brazilian judicial authorities. Mr. Giannakopoulos has published significant material concerning the different aspects of modern criminal organizations. He currently is Vice-Director of the University Observatory on Security at the University of Geneva and works as an expert for the Academic Group of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and on corruption issues for the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD).