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Friday, December 2 • 09:00 - 11:00
Banking on Impunity: Why the Private Sector Resists Accountability for Past Crimes

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Why is justice for violations of certain economic crimes seemingly impossible? Many citizens and activists in countries that have undertaken a transition from an authoritarian to democratic system of governance have been left deeply frustrated by aspects of this ‘change’. There is often the sense that the same rules that apply to the new order don’t hold for an old elite – particularly private actors.

This session aims to continue and deepen a discussion that was started amongst participants at the 16thIACC on ‘Why truth telling and accountability for past economic crimes matters’. The focus of the session will be on the private sector and banks in particular – which for long has received far less probity for its alleged complicity – and profit making – out of human rights violations. However, the international debate has started to shift on the back of new evidence and new practices aimed at tackling these issues.

This session aims to reflect some of these contemporary debates and will discuss comparative experiences in an interactive Q&A format. It will draw on the views of experts and IACC participants to grapple with key issues including: Why are financial institutions such as banks the most averse to accountability for past crimes? How different is the approach by domestic and transnational corporations to arguments for accountability? Are there mechanisms that are best suited to tackle such past crimes? How can we quantify the social damage of such crimes? Why is accountability for past economic crimes perpetrated by the private sector key to lasting peace building and social justice?

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Hennie van Vuuren

Director, Open Secrets
Hennie  works on issues of secrecy, access to information and corruption from within civil society. He is a past fellow of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and has worked as Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and for Transparency International... Read More →

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Tutu Alicante

Director, EG Justice
Tutu Alicante is an Equatoguinean human right lawyer and anticorruption advocate. He is also the founder and executive director of EG Justice, a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights, rule of law, and transparency in Equatorial Guinea. He is a vocal critic of Equatorial... Read More →
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Andrew Feinstein

Author of The Shadow World, Shadow World Investigations
Andrew Feinstein served as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament in South Africa for over seven years. He was initially chairperson of the Finance & Economics Committee in the Gauteng Legislature where he assisted in the establishment of a provincial Treasury and... Read More →
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Juanita Olaya

Independent Expert, Impactools / Chair of UNCAC Coalition
Juanita Olaya is a Lawyer with a PhD in International Law with Master degrees in Economics and Public Administration. She close to 20 years of work experience both at the national and international levels including academic and consulting work across the world.  Since 2008... Read More →
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Leigh Payne

Professor, Latin American Centre; Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford
Leigh Payne has written extensively on transitional justice and human rights issues. She is currently involved in a project examining impunity for corporate complicity in human rights violations during dictatorships and armed conflicts. She is part of the Corporate Accountability... Read More →

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Michael Marchant

Researcher: Investigations and Advocacy, Open Secrets
Michael is a researcher, working on investigations and advocacy at Open Secrets, an independent non-profit with a mission to promote private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa. He holds an MSc Africa and International Development... Read More →

Friday December 2, 2016 09:00 - 11:00 CST