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Wednesday, October 24 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Using International Human Rights to Address Corruption: Proposals for a Mutually Beneficial Approach

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 Corruption affects the enjoyment of human rights globally in as many ways as there are corrupt practices. The connection between the two is simple and linear in some cases, in others complex and interwoven with many other governance issues: crime, economic development, business regulation. Might human rights provide a normative and evaluative framework for assessing anti-corruption policies?
The call for a “Human Rights Approach to Anti-Corruption” is gaining traction among states, but what does that mean? Just as importantly, what needs to happen for the call for Human Rights Approach to Anti-Corruption not to become an empty shell, yet another element of agreed language in international agreements?

The aim of this workshop is to assess recommendations for the human rights and the anti-corruption communities to work closer together and connect all the elements of a human rights approach to anti-corruption:
  • What could human rights mechanisms do to address corruption in a meaningful manner for anti-corruption practitioners?
  • What could anti-corruption practitioners provide to human rights mechanisms to improve understanding of the many forms corruption take and the myriad of ways it impacts on human rights?
  • Can a human rights approach to anti-corruption help break the myths and stereotypes (corruption is as inevitable as disease is; human rights protect only the powerful and corrupt) that engender scepticism about the relevance of human rights for anti-corruption?
Session Rapporteur: Isis Sartori Reis 


Elaine Ryan

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


Ayuush Bat-Erdene

Chief of the Right to Development Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Mr. Bat-Erdene has served at the UN for over 20 years in human rights and political affairs fields. Previously he served at the Foreign Ministry of Mongolia responsible for his country's relation with international organizations.

Gillian Dell

Head of Conventions Unit, Transparency International
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Fatima Kanji

Research Manager, International State Crime Initiative
Fatima Kanji is Research and Policy Manager at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at Queen Mary University of London and sits on ISCI’s Executive Board. She works on Grand Corruption issues in Uzbekistan with a particular focus on kleptocracy; and has been working on... Read More →

Ilze Brands Kehris

United Nations Human Rights Committee
Ilze Brands Kehris is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2017-2020) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights at Lund University. From February 2011 until August 2014, she was the Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on... Read More →
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Morten Kjaerum

Director/Adjunct Professor, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law/Aalborg University
Morten Kjærum is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and adjunct Professor at Aalborg University. He holds a Master of Law from Aarhus University and was Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights 2008-2015. He is currently... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm CEST
Workshop Room 9
  Workshop, Interactive Circle
  • Organiser Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and DANIDA