CEELI Newsletter March 2015

The CEELI Institute Announces its Third Annual Anti-corruption Training Course

Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption

May 11-15, 2015, Prague

We are delighted to announce our third annual anti-corruption course on investigtion and prosecution of public corruption cases.  This five day highly interactive training provides participants with a comprehensive framework for investigating and prosecuting official corruption. The course will take place at the Institute in Prague the week of May 11-15, 2015, and is designed to walk participants through the actual investigation of a case involving official corruption.  Particpants will work in small groups, to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time tested investigative tools and to develop practical skills along the way.  Over the course of five days, students will:

  • Learn to identify transactional red flags, and evaluate possible cases of official corruption
  • Analyze publically available information to detect signs of corruption
  • Develop an Investigative Plan and take the first steps in pursuing their proactive investigation
  • Consider what documents to access—and how to get them
  • Discuss how to utilize law enforcement tools to access financial records
  • Consider the how to acquire and use legally collected electronic evidence
  • Use Invoices, payment ledgers, receipts and support, travel records to support the investigation
  • Undertake Forensic Analysis of relevant financial evidence necessary to “follow the money”
  • Learn techniques for effectively conducting interviews of potential witnesses and targets
  • Develop a “theory of the case” in order to assure that the evidence collected sufficiently supports the charges to be brought by the prosecutors
  • Prepare to present the case for trial, by marshalling necessary evidence and by considering possible defenses and challenges that will be faced at trial
  • Consider alternative mechanisms for resolving corruption cases Consider non-investigative measures to prevent and expose official corruption

Orignally launched in March 2013, the Institute continues to bringing together the world’s most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants and practitioners as faculty to design and teach this course. 

To reserve a place or for more information, please email
info@ceeli-inst.org or call + 420 222 520 057

This year’s faculty line up already includes:

Keynote speaker

Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, and former Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)


Jean-Michel Ferat, Managing Director at the Claro Group, Washington, D.C. Mr. Ferat is an expert in forensic accounting, the conduct of forensic investigations and in the analysis of complex data sets. He is a former investigator for the UN Oil-for-Food Programme

Goran Klemenčič, Minister of Justice of Slovenia. As the former Chief Commissioner of the Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, he was responsible for leading the investigation ultimately leading to the conviction of Slovenia’s Prime Minister on corruption charges in 2014.

Andrew Levchuk handles complex criminal litigation for the firm of Bulkey, Richardson and Gelinas in Boston. He is a former career federal prosecutor for the US Department of Justice with significant experience in investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.

Mark F. Mendelsohn Chief FCPA enforcement official in the U.S. Department of Justice (2005-2010); responsible for more than 130 anti-corruption prosecutions and largest penalties to date. Partner, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. United States

Homer E. Moyer is recognized as a leader of America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bar. He has served as counsel in dozens of investigations, chaired more than 35 international anti-corruption conferences, and serves as editor of Anti-Corruption Regulation. He is a partner at Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC

Susan Ringler is Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Alcoa, in New York. Former federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, who also served as General Counsel for UN Oil-for-Food Investigation, and as a corruption investigator at the World Bank. Ms. Ringler also previsously served as the Deputy Director of CEELI Criminal Law Program managing programs across the the former Soviet Republics.

Bill Waite, Co-founder of Risk Advisory, London, a global risk management consultancy. Mr. Waite previously worked in UK’s Serious Fraud Office as a prosecuting counsel before moving into the private investigation and fraud advisory sector. He is a sought-after commentator on anti-corruption legislation and enforcement in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Looking Ahead

The CEELI Institute is looking forward to an event-filled spring.

We have upcoming:

Judicial Training, Tunis, Tunisia: March March 3-6 and  April 15-17

CEE Judicial Exchange Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic: March 6-8

Anticorruption in Tax Administration, Tunis, Tunisia: March 31- April 2

Media Law Training for Ukrainian Lawyers, Prague,Czech Republic April 4-8

Letter from the Director

We are looking forward to a busy Spring this year at the Institute. For the third year in a row, one of our signature Spring events will be our annual training course on the Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption, to be offered May 11-15. This course reflects the CEELI Institutes track record of expertise in the field of anti-corruption, and the course has quickly come to be regarded as one of the premier anti-corruption courses for practitioners being offered today. As always, the Institute offers a top-notch faculty, a unique curriculum and hands-on training—all in an extraordinary setting and at a highly competitive cost.

We will also be implementing a diverse set of other programs and events in the coming months. In April, we will inititate our new engagement with Ukrainian civil society, working with Ukrainian lawyers who defend journalists, bloggers and other media activists. Legal defense of journalists and civil society activists is now more critical than ever as they strive to hold the Ukrainian government accountable to western standards of transparency as it confronst crises that include the war, financial uncertainty and endemic corruption.

I also encourage you to mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting—this year it will again be held in Prague, at the Villa, on June 28-29. Once again we look forward to bringing together a diverse cross section academicians, government officials and experts, as well as our board members, funders, partners, and friends, to discuss some of the most pressing issues we face in our efforts to advance the Rule of Law in ever more challenging environments. The gathering allowed us the opportunity to take an intensive look at our programs, as well as hold a frank discussion on the critical challenges facing our region as it struggles with war, corruption and the rise of illiberal regimes which question the value of democratic transitions.

As always, we continue to look for ways to increase our outreach. We look forward to hearing from you and very much value input and comments from our supporters and from our program participants. As the weather grow warmer, we also look forward to welcoming in person those of you are visiting Prague!

Christopher Lehmann

Executive Director

Tunisian Judicial Training: Planning for 2015-2016

The first phase of the CEELI Institute’s long term project to train all of Tunisia’s judges, is coming to successful completion. This project has been undertaken in partnership with the the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, with funding from the Swedish government. Together with the IBA, we have trained over 1,400 judges to date. The trainings enable the judges not only to meet and strategize, but also to gain expertise in kez areas they don’t have time to address on the crush of their daily duties. As one judge commented: „…the training session was very exciting and I liked its practical side. I had studied these topics before only from a theoretical side”.

The CEELI Institute is now working closely with its implementing partners to design a highly-tailored second phase of the project, which will provide in-depth training sessions on issues of high priority to the Tunisian judges. Importantly, the topics of the second phase will significantly rely on input from Tunisian judges who have been through the previous trainings.As part of the planning for phase two, CEELI Institute staff participated in project design meetings organized by ILAC in Tunis in early February, and will attend further planning efforts later this spring. The Phase 2 trainings will be delivered by the CEELI Institute and the IBA starting in fall 2015.

The Institute Welcomes New Program Officer

The CEELI Institute is delighted to welcome our newest addition to the staff, Program Officer Barbora Jungova. Barbora comes to the CEELI Institute from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was most recently the head of the Transition Policy Unit and Manager of the Transition Promotion Programme.  In that capacity, she worked on program management, including budgeting, programming, monitoring and evaluation of projects and activities of the MFA with focus on exchange of Czech transitional experience with priority countries, including Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Cuba, Belarus and Burma.  She previously worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS, again with a focus on sharing of the Czech experience with democratization and socio-economic transformation. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Masaryk University in Brno, and speaks Czech, English and French.  Needless to say, we are all thrilled to have Barbora on board here at the Institute.