With public anger over government corruption at a fever pitch in many countries, and official efforts to uproot cultures of corruption frustratingly stalled, governments everywhere need a new set of strategies.
The Chandler Sessions on Integrity and Corruption convene a consistent group of senior leaders of anti-corruption institutions together with a small group of academics and expert journalists in regular meetings at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. The Sessions work collaboratively, share experiences, debate the effectiveness of policy responses, and develop a set of new strategies for strengthening integrity in government institutions and dislodging entrenched corruption.
The first papers to come out of discussions from the sessions are set to be published in September 2023, and throughout the following year.
The Sessions convene the officials, scholars and journalists in-person on four occasions, in July 2022, January and July 2023, and January 2024; advancing an agenda that they debated in July 2021. Each of the officials will co-author a paper describing ideas and practices that could transform the field. Each paper will be co-authored by two members of the Sessions, with five draft papers discussed at each of the first three in-person meetings. In January 2024, the discussions will return to the full set of ideas and designs, most by then having been tested in practice.
The Blavatnik School of Government and our partners will distribute the finished papers worldwide, and the papers will form the basis of a set of curricular materials on integrity and corruption, available without charge to training institutions everywhere. The papers will be jointly edited by the Session chair, Professor Christopher Stone, and by the programme’s postdoctoral research associate Izabela Corrêa.
Chandler Sessions events
The role of journalism in disrupting corruption
Join Jane Bradley, New York Times correspondent, and Mitali Mukherjee, Director of Journalist Programmes at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism as they discuss the role of news reporting in combatting corruption.
Corruption in political party finance
This panel discussion looks at reform proposals currently promoted by civil society in the UK and discuss the difficulties inherent in reform of political finance, both in the UK and globally.
July 2022 (with special guest Rob Wainwright on the international sanctions regime)
The inaugural in-person meeting of the Chandler Sessions took place 25-29 July 2022 at the Blavatnik School of Government, in Oxford. Although the members previously met online to discuss specific topics in the anticorruption agenda, this was the first time that the group came together in-person to survey the field more broadly and discuss areas and ideas for innovation. Among the issues discussed were the role of prosecution, strategies for institutional reforms, and tackling specific types of corruption. The group was joined by guests Ricardo Saadi and Rob Wainwright, who shared their experience and ideas for effective responses to fight corruption. Ricardo Saadi led the the Asset Recovery Department at the Brazilian Federal Police and is currently the Director of Investigation and Fight Against Organised Crime and Anticorruption at the same institution. Rob Wainwright is a senior partner at Deloitte and was formerly the Executive Director of Europol.
January 2023 (with special guest Jane Bradley on journalism disrupting corruption)
The second weeklong in-person meeting of the Chandler Sessions was held in January 2023. Topics debated included reconceiving the role of compliance offices within financial institutions, the extent and harms of sexual corruption, and civil society responses to systemic corruption, among others. Paul Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Chair of Politics, University of Nottingham, and Lisa Rosen, Chief Compliance Officer of the Bank of England, participated as guests. The meeting included a joint session with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism on the role of journalism in disrupting corruption, featuring a discussion with Jane Bradley, investigative reporter in London for the New York Times.
To come in July 2023
To come in January 2024