McGeorge School of Law

Rethinking Corruption Symposium


Oct. 27, 2006


Sponsored by the Global Center for Business & Development sponsored the symposium titled Rethinking Corruption: An Interdisciplinary Look at a Fundamental Problem.

Questions Addressed
  • Does corruption matter in today’s globalized economy?
  • Or has it been overtaken by money laundering and terrorism as the central focus of international business regulation?
  • Did it ever matter?
  • Do current regulatory responses deter or contain corruption?
  • Are enforcement and compliance actions effective in impeding corruption?

The leaders in international economic development theory, international business regulation, and transnational corporate practice offered thoughts and rethoughts on the impact of corruption on development, contemporary national and multilateral responses, the current state of play — and concrete recommendations for effective deterrence.

Keynote luncheon address was by Dr. Salam Fayyad, Former Palestinian Minister of Finance


Professor Jun Qian's PowerPoint Presentation (ppt)

Richard Charlton, Esq.

Professor Janet Dine's PowerPoint Presentation (ppt)

André Odermatt, Esq.


8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Michael Malloy, Director, McGeorge Center for Global Business and Development
  • Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean, McGeorge School of Law
  • Professor Frank Gevurtz, Director, McGeorge Institute for Global Business

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Panel 1: Defining Corruption: Do We Know It When We See It? Do We See It Where It Is Not?

This panel will undertake both a doctrinal and functional examination of what conduct should be condemned as corruption. This will include use of theoretical models, empirical studies and historical examples to evaluate the impact of various conduct sometimes condemned as corruption and other times argued to be harmless.


  • Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Global Programs World Bank Institute
  • Professor Jun Qian, Professor of Finance, Boston College
  • Professor Franklin Zimring, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)

10:40 a.m. to 11 a.m.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Corruption and the Private Sector: Is Money Laundering the New Corrupt Foreign Practices?

This roundtable of practitioners, regulators, and experts will consider the following issues:

  • Does corruption matter in today’s globalized economy?
  • Do current regulatory responses deter or contain corruption?
  • How far should we “rethink” corruption?


  • Richard Charlton, Esq., Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Professor Janet Dine, Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr. Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor and Scholar, McGeorge School of Law
  • André Odermatt, Esq., LGT Treuhand AG, Liechtenstein
  • Carol Van Cleef, Esq. Bryan Cave, LLP, Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon Address

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Member, Palestinian Legislative Council, and Former Minister of Finance, Palestinian Authority

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Corruption and the Public Perspective: Aid Providers and Corruption in Developing Countries

Does corruption influence development? How? Should fighting corruption remain a priority in international development efforts? Are aid providers' anti-corruption policies comprehensive enough — are there loopholes? What approaches to addressing corruption have proved most and least effective? What role does culture play in causing corruption and in efforts to combat it?


  • Martha Dye, Transparency International USA
  • Michael Keating, United Nations Resident Representative, Malawi
  • Welby Leaman, Director, International Trade, National Security Council
  • Professor Sabine Schlemmer-Schlulte, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Concluding Remarks from Professor Frank Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor and Scholar, McGeorge School of Law