Mark Pieth: Professor - Switzerland (Integrity Award)

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Received the Award on 11 December 2007

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Mark Pieth, a criminal law and criminology professor at the University of Basel in his native Switzerland, has provided outstanding leadership in fighting corruption on an international scale. Prof. Pieth has countered corruption not only as a co-founder of the Basel Institute on Governance but as chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and as a member of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme of the United Nations.

His willingness to publicly criticise governments that fail to implement the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and those that did not to provide enough support to identify companies that paid kickbacks in the oil-for-food scandal, is admirable.

Powerful governments have tried to stop his criticism and he has withstood attempts to oust him from the OECD’s anti-bribery group. Prof. Pieth has stood his ground and never stopped being outspoken about the need to implement the anti-bribery rules that countries have committed to. Ensuring that foreign bribery, money laundering and other related activities of the corrupt are stopped, has been a core priority of Prof. Pieth for over 19 years.

Country / Territory - International   
Region - Global   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Conventions   |   Politics and government   |   Private sector   |   Whistleblowing   
Tags - OECD   |   OECD Anti-Bribery Convention   |   Video   |   Mark Pieth   |   Oil-for-Food Programme of the United Nations   |   Scandals   

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