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August 28, 2014

Take a moment to read our poll and vote for which headline you think was most newsworthy this month: China announces Investigation into Volkswagen AG’s China Joint Venture: China’s anti-corruption authority — the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection — has reportedly opened ...

Collective Action
August 19, 2014

Last week TRACE joined leading anti-corruption experts and academics from all over the world in Vienna, Austria to discuss effective teaching and pedagogy in anti-corruption studies within institutions of higher learning. The workshop, which was organized by the United Nations ...

Sidebar-Get Certified
August 11, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we here at TRACEblog have noticed a few interesting critiques of anti-bribery certifications. Harvard Law Professor Matthew Stephenson writes on his blog that he holds “a fair amount of skepticism” regarding anti-bribery certifications and believes ...

August 6, 2014

Until now, if ten companies all work with the same ten distributors, these relationships generated a total of 100 due diligence reports.   Each company paid ten times and each distributor completed ten labor-intensive reviews.   This has become ruinously expensive and ...

Blog Featured Image - Poll
July 31, 2014

Take a moment to read our poll and vote for which headline you think was most newsworthy this month: UK’s Serious Fraud Office Charges Alstom Network UK with Corruption: The investigation, which commenced as a result of information provided to the ...

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July 22, 2014

In our previous post, we discussed the ongoing corruption case against Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband, Duke Iñaki Urdungarin. Urdangarin, a former Olympian, is accused of using his position to skim money from government contracts.  Princess Cristina, for ...

Protesters in Madrid last month, protesting the Spanish monarchy.  [Courtesy of Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/barcex/14338528062/in/photolist-nR3GR5-o17F9M-73NRnm-dWpT8Q-dWpT8E-8ph2vB-73Bgnb-677h19-6U9vhZ-6VhtVM-6UJ5m5-7bw8y3-nBCtaD-4jYTmW-4jYU2L-a3Bx9r/]
July 15, 2014

If there are perks to being a member of the Spanish royal family (undoubtedly there are), immunity from corruption prosecutions is not one of them. Last month, on June 25th, Princess Cristina of Spain was charged with tax fraud and ...

Seal of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
July 2, 2014

Haiti in 2001 might have seemed like an entrepreneur’s playground — the kind of place where the stakes were high, the risks were big, and if you played your cards right, you might find fabulous riches. Sure, it was one ...