Holding Foreign Leaders Accountable for Corruption: Considering Innovative Legal Approaches

Monday, November 25, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
106 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School (435 West 116th St)

Please join Columbia’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) and the Harriman Institute’s Anti-Kleptocracy Forum as we discuss a new bill, the Foreign Extortion Protection Act (FEPA), that is intended to strengthen overseas anti-corruption enforcement by criminalizing extortion by foreign officials and allowing U.S. law enforcement to indict foreign nationals who demand or receive bribes in exchange for performing or influencing government actions. A cross-professional panel of distinguished academics, legal practitioners and journalists will debate the merits and possible shortcomings of FEPA and analyze recent FCPA cases from Eurasia and other regions where the practice of foreign officials to demand bribes and engage in other forms of systemic corruption is prevalent.

2.0 New York CLE credit hours in the Areas of Professional Practice requirement provided for non-transitional attorneys.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Although the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits bribery and other corrupt acts by US-listed companies and persons with a connection to the United States operating in foreign countries, it does not provide law enforcement with the authority to prosecute foreign officials who solicit or demand bribes. This gap in the U.S. legal architecture for countering corruption creates risks for U.S. companies and persons operating abroad, for the international rules-based trade system and for U.S. national security.


Zainab N. Ahmad (Partner at Gibson Dunn and Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice)

Berit Berger (Executive Director at the Columbia Center for Advancement of Public Integrity)

Alexander Cooley (Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College)

Kevin Davis (Beller Family Professor of Business Law at New York University School of Law)

Thomas Firestone (Partner at Baker & McKenzie and Co-Chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice)

Clay R. Fuller (Former American Enterprise Institute Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow)

Casey Michel (Investigative reporter with ThinkProgress)

Matthew Murray (Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and member of the Joint Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Afghanistan)

Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter (Partner at Squire Patton Boggs)