University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Corruption in a Globalising World

6 July 2010 - 7 July 2010

Workshop Report

It was gratifying that, following its postponement due to the volcanic ash crisis in April, almost all of the invited delegates were able to attend. The workshop involved a series of presentations from internationally renowned speakers in various areas of corruption research. Presenters were asked to keep use their time to provoke discussion and debate and, in particular, to explore cross-disciplinary themes and ideas. Participants also included academics and PhD students from the University of Surrey and other institutions and senior representatives from organizations involved in fighting corruption (such as Transparency International).


The following experts presented their work over the two days:

‘Discipline and Hierarchy in Systemic Corruption: The Case of Indonesia’ , Professor Dr Heinzpeter Znoj (Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern)

‘Power and Corruption in Cameroon’ Professor Michel van Hulten (Saxion University) 'Two Sides of the Same Coin: Corruption and Good Governance in Africa' , Dr Simon Turner (Danish Institute for International Studies)

‘I Don't Bribe, I Just Pull Some Strings”: Assessing the Fluidity of Social Representations on Corruption in the Portuguese Society’ , Dr Luis de Sousa (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)

‘An “Adequate” Ethical Compliance Programme, What is the Pass Mark’?, Mr Francois Vincke (International Chamber of Commerce)

‘Policies on Investigating and Prosecuting Corruption Cases’, Mr Bertrand de Speville (De Speville & Associates)

‘Taking the Profit out of Corruption: Challenges in Recovering and Repatriating the Proceeds of Corruption’ , Professor John Hatchard (Open University)

‘The Role of Internal Audit in Tackling Corruption’ , Ms Jackie Cain (Institute of Internal Auditors)

There was general agreement that the opportunity to discuss issues in depth (rather than being subject to the usual 20 minute conference slot) was much appreciated and led to greater insight and clarification of different approaches and perspectives.


The workshop has initiated two important developments: the first is the publication on an edited collection of the papers presented (for which a publisher has been found); the second is the decision to initiate a Multidisciplinary Corruption Studies Network. This will be based at Surrey and will aim to strengthen the relationships formed at the Workshop and provide a basis for future collaborative research.


Prof. Indira Carr, School of Law and Prof David Goss, School of Management