Conversations on Corruption
Corruption is one of the most devastating forms of criminality. It is much broader than mere bribery, as it covers any abuse of power to satisfy personal interests, both in the public and in the private sectors. It affects the most disparate areas of social life, such as politics, business, finance and healthcare. It harms the most important human values, such as democracy, economy, welfare, fundamental rights and even human life. Corruptive practices are present in every State, although in many cases they remain uncovered or, worst, legalised, as, while perceived as inacceptable by the public, they escape legal definitions of corruption. Moreover, corruption is getting an increasingly transnational, if not global, dimension, as recent scandals demonstrates.
The Integrity Research Group (IRG) celebrates its establishment at Kingston Law School with this international and interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to this worrisome criminal phenomenon. Renowned experts in sociology, law, legal philosophy, economics, journalism and publishing will discuss about the many faces of corruption and the possible remedies and the values that underlie them, with the aim of identifying the most urgent areas of intervention for the IRG.
The symposium will be organised in five consecutive plenary sessions. The first session will offer an interdisciplinary overview of the pervasiveness of corruption in different areas of social life, such as journalism, publishing and healthcare. The second session will consider some notable corruption cases. The third session will be focused on some of the legal instruments to fight corruptive practices. The fourth session will analyse from a social, legal and philosophical perspective some of the values that underpin (or should underpin) anti-corruption policies. The final session is aimed at defining the priorities and strategies of the IRG for the next future, as emerged from the previous discussion.
PROGRAM OF THE DAY
THE MANY FACES OF CORRUPTION
9:00 – Opening and registration
9:30-10:00 – Greetings and Introduction to the first session
Ron Tuninga (Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Kingston University)
Pamela Sellman (Head of Kingston Law School)
Michael Wynn (Director of Research at Kingston Law School, Advisor of IRG)
Lorenzo Pasculli (Director of IRG, Kingston Law School)
10:00-11:30 – Session 1. The Pervasiveness of Corruption in Many Areas of Social Life– Chair: Michael Wynn (Kingston Law School)
Brian Cathcart (Kingston University, Department of Journalism and Publishing)
Integrity, corruption and British journalism
Alison Baverstock (Kingston University, School of Humanities)
Stealing Books. Does free mean without value? And is free ever worth stealing?
Francesco Saverio Mennini (Research Director of the Economic Evaluation and HTA, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)
Analysis of waste and corruption in healthcare in Italy
Peter Finn (Kingston University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Grey Areas and Self-Licking Lollipops: Iraq War Detention Operations, Impunity and Complicity
11:30-11:45 – Coffee Break
11:45-13:00 – Session 2. A Comparative Look to Notable Corruption Cases – Chair: Fatima Annan-Diab (Kingston Business School)
Luke Harding (Journalist at The Guardian)
The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Leak
Maxim Tucker (Journalist at The Times)
Ukraine: A Very Careful Kind of Corruption
Gianluca Amadori (President of the Association of Journalists of Veneto)
Mose, 20 years of bribes. The biggest Italian corruption system
13:00-13:30 – Discussion
13:30-14:45 – Lunch Break
INTEGRITY, CORRUPTION AND THE LAW
14:45-16:00 – Session 3. Legal Responses to Corruption – Chair: Stephen Gourlay (Kingston Business School)
Eva Anderson (Barrister and Senior Legal Researcher, Transparency International UK)
Our most powerful anti-corruption tool?
Umut Turksen (Kingston Law School)
Anti-bribery and corruption - Perceptions, Risks & Practice for UK Banks
Axel Palmer (UWE Bristol Law School)
Bribery and corruption: is justice deferred, justice denied?
16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break
16:15-17:30 – Session 4. The Values of Integrity – Chair: Raymond Youngs (Kingston Law School)
Paolo Moro (University of Padova Law School)
Integrity, Truth and Justice. A legal and philosophical perspective
Joe Bailey (Kingston University)
The meaning and importance of decency now
Carolyn Johnston (Kingston Law School)
The Role of Ethics and Professionalism to Embed Integrity in Healthcare
17:30-18:00 – Discussion
18:00-18:30 – Conclusive Session. Definition of Priorities and Strategies of the Integrity Research Group for the Next Academic Year
The event will take place in ROOM KHBS3033 in the Business School Building at the Kingston Hill Campus.
Registration is free, but necessary, as seats are limited.
For further information please contact Dr Lorenzo Pasculli: L.Pasculli@kingston.ac.uk
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