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Saturday, December 3 • 09:00 - 11:00
Now That You Have a Law Protecting Whistleblowers, What’s Next? Some Innovative Initiatives to Ensure Effective Protection in Practice.

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Whistleblowers play a critical role in uncovering corruption or other malpractice. But too often people who speak up in the public interest face retaliation at work, threats, intimidation and lawsuits. The good news is that more and more countries are adopting legislation protecting whistleblowers. Unfortunately, there is often a gap between theory and practice. Many countries that have adopted whistleblowing legislation still fail to adequately protect their whistleblowers. This might be because the law is inadequate, in which case more advocacy for changes in the law is needed. It is also often due to the lack of effective implementation of the law in practice: very often, responsible institutions do not receive appropriate resources and training, and businesses and other organisation are left without guidance on how to set up appropriate mechanisms.

The aim of this workshop is to think about ways to effectively improve protection of whistleblowers. The workshop experts will present initiatives they have implemented in their respective countries that have yielded concrete results and improved the situation of whistleblowers in their countries:
- Assessing the readiness of responsible institutions to provide protection to whistleblowers
- Helping organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors to create supportive environments for whistleblowers
- Extracting lessons learned from real stories of whistleblowers and use them to advocate for changes in legislation

Moderators
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Beatrice Edwards

International Program Director, Former Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

Speakers
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A J Brown

Griffith University, Griffith University
Public integrity, anti-corruption, whistleblowing, integrity systems, separation of powers, horizontal accountability. For my day job I lead public integrity, anti-corruption and other research for Griffith University, Australia; and in my spare time, am a boardmember of Transparency International Australia. Check out our current research project Whistling While They Work 2: www.whistlingwhiletheywork.edu.au.
avatar for John Devitt

John Devitt

Chief Executive, TI Ireland
avatar for Levison Kabwato

Levison Kabwato

Regional Advocacy Officer, Open Democracy Advice Center
I manage the Access to Information and Open Government Partnership programmes, looking at Africa specifically. | | My other interests include Governance, Leaderships, Cybersecurity and Journalism. |
avatar for Pavel Nechala

Pavel Nechala

lawyer, Transparency International Slovakia
Pavel Nechala, attorney at law and managing partner of the Nechala & Co. LLC law firm, has eleven years of experience in the area of solving corporate and business affairs of clients, representing clients in judicial proceedings, creating of public policies, including preparation of legislative proposals and investigating instigations of unfair and fraudulent practices in different areas. He has participated on research activities by preparation... Read More →

Session Coordinator
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Marie Terracol

Whistleblowing Programme Coordinator, Transparency International
Marie coordinates Transparency International’s Whistleblowing programme in Europe. She joined Transparency International in 2011 to work in the International Conventions unit. She studied International and European Law at the University of Aix en Provence and University College London



Saturday December 3, 2016 09:00 - 11:00
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