Baroness Scotland to give anti-corruption lecture

The former UK attorney general Baroness Scotland will give a lecture on successful anti-corruption regimes at the University College of the Cayman Islands later this month.

Baroness Scotland has vast experience in fraud and corruption legislation and helped do the groundwork for the bribery act introduced in the UK in 2010.

She is the latest speaker in the college’s distinguished lecture series aimed at educating the public on legal and moral issues surrounding corruption in the Caribbean.

The series of lectures is building towards UCCI’s Caribbean Conference in March, 2014, with the theme, “Towards a corruption free Caribbean: Ethics, values and morality.”

UCCI president Roy Bodden said the college was hoping to raise the level of debate and lift public awareness of issues around corruption.

“UCCI is playing its part to raise awareness, promote understanding and provide access to experts in an attempt to inform and edify the wider Caymanian public with regards to issues of interest.

“As public corruption has now become a global scourge, UCCI is doing its part to promote awareness, understanding and the prevention of its spread in the Cayman Islands.

“Through the distinguished lecture series, the public has the opportunity to hear first hand from eminent persons engaged on the front lines in these initiatives.”

The lecture from Baroness Scotland, the first black woman to be made a Queen’s Counsel, will be followed in November by an appearance from Jack Blum, an expert witness and consultant for various US government agencies and private clients.

Mr. Blum has worked for law firms in securities firm compliance, congressional investigations, international financial crime, money laundering and offshore tax evasion. His will be the third of the college’s distinguished lecture series which kicked off in November last year with the visit of Caribbean scholar Trevor Munroe.

Baroness Scotland served as attorney general in the UK between 2007 and 2010. She has experience in constitutional law, anti-corruption, strategic advice, family law and human rights according to her biography, supplied by the college. She has advised companies and governments on the implementation of the Bribery Act, 2010.

“During her time as minister, she led sustained efforts to reform the laws on corruption. She helped to shape the Fraud Act 2006 and as attorney general, she became a government authority on e-fraud and corruption.

“This led to the eventual creation of the Bribery Act in 2010,” the release stated.

The free lecture, titled ‘Anti-corruption commissions that work: an examination of successful regimes”, at 6pm on 30 July at the UCCI’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall is open to all.

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