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08: Corruption as a Globalising Factor – Challenges and Threats in Various Sectors

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In a world of general globalisation also corruption has become a globalising factor and a globalised phenomenon. As has been mentioned by P.D. Hutchcroft, corruption at its core leaves us with a dilemma:  While strong judicial, political, and administrative structures are essential to the creation and perpetuation of market economies, these structures are woefully undermined if they are themselves permeated by market mentality. Corruption is often described as a social disease; a disease to the stability of societies with a devastating impact on economic and social development as well as prosperity, interrupting the free and fair flow of international trade and (foreign) investment. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, the equivalent of one trillion USD is paid for bribes every year. All these assets and resources get lost for the original cause, consequently increasing the price of  the product or  the service (without adding to its value) both micro- and macro-economically. In similar vein, research indicates that higher levels of corruption significantly decrease GNP growth rates. Corruption also undermines the institutions and values of democracy and undercuts ethical values, justice and equality. Inequality, however, increases corruption. Thus, an apodictic circulus vitiosus?


Generaldirektor, OLAF - Europäisches Amt für Betrugsbekämpfung, Brüssel
Nursing and Patient Advocate, Vienna
Institut für Konfliktforschung (IKF), Wien
Dean and Executive Secretary, IACA - International Anti Corruption Academy, Laxenburg Chair

Franz-Hermann BRÜNER

Generaldirektor, OLAF - Europäisches Amt für Betrugsbekämpfung, Brüssel

1971-1976 Studium der Rechts-, Wirtschafts- und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität München
1976-1979 Rechtsreferendar am Bayrischen Justizministerium
seit 1979 Wahrnehmung zahlreicher Aufgaben, u.a. im Rahmen bedeutender Programme in und außerhalb Deutschlands
1979-1981 Ermittlungs- und Strafrichter beim Amtsgericht, Weilheim i. Obb.
1981-1983 Staatsanwalt, München
1983-1986 Stellvertretender Leiter des Referats Strafrecht beim Bundesministerium der Justiz, Bonn
1986-1989 Richter in Straf- und Zivilsachen beim Amtsgericht, Weilheim i. Obb.
1989-1991 Oberstaatsanwalt, Stellvertretender Leiter des Referats Strafrecht, München
1991-1993 Oberstaatsanwalt, Arbeitsgruppe Regierungskriminalität, Berlin
1993-1995 Referatsleiter beim Sächsischen Staatsministerium der Justiz
1995-1996 Oberstaatsanwalt bei der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft, München
1996-1998 Oberstaatsanwalt, Leiter des Referats Wirtschaftskriminalität und Korruption bei der Staatsanwaltschaft München
1998-2000 Leiter der Betrugsbekämpfungseinheit beim Hohen Repräsentanten in Bosnien-Herzegowina (BiH)
seit 2000 Generaldirektor OLAF, Europäisches Amt für Betrugsbekämpfung phil. Sigrid PILZ

Nursing and Patient Advocate, Vienna

 Studium der Erziehungswissenschaften und Psychologie, Universität Innsbruck
1980-1985 Mitarbeiterin und Leiterin eines Jugendzentrums für benachteiligte Jugendliche, Innsbruck
1985-2012 Leiterin, Abteilung für Internationale Familien- und Jugendpolitik, Bundesministerium für Soziale Sicherheit und Generationen, Wien
seit 1985 Lektorin, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften, Universität Innsbruck
2001-2012 Grüne Gesundheitspolitikerin, Wiener Landtag und Gemeinderat, Gesundheitssprecherin der Wiener Grünen, Initiatorin von zwei gemeinderätlichen Untersuchungskommissionen in Wien
seit 2012 Wiener Pflege-, Patientinnen- und Patientenanwältin


Institut für Konfliktforschung (IKF), Wien

 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften (Mag. iur. 1988, Dr. iur. 1990) und der Politikwissenschaft (Mag. phil. 1991, Dr. phil. 1995) an der Universität Innsbruck
seit 1992 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Instituts für Konfliktforschung in Wien
 Aktuelle Forschungsschwerpunkte/Forschungsprojekte und Publikationen beziehen sich auf das politische System Österreichs wie die vergleichende Politikforschung, v. a. zu den Themen Parteienforschung, Parteienfinanzierung, Korruptionsforschung, Parlamentarismus, lokale Politikforschung.
seit 2000 regelmäßiger Lehrbeauftragter für Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Wien

Mag. M.Sc. Martin KREUTNER

Dean and Executive Secretary, IACA - International Anti Corruption Academy, Laxenburg

 Mr. Kreutner is Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). He was Director of the Austrian Federal Bureau for Internal Affairs and President of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) network. He extensively lectured worldwide on anti-corruption, international humanitarian law, and security topics. He is/was member of several international boards and a senior reviewer for the United Nations, the Council of Europe, OECD, Transparency International, and the World Bank. He holds a Master in Law from the University of Innsbruck and a Master in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester.

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14:00 - 14:15OpeningPlenary
14:15 - 16:00Globalisation: The Transition to a New BalancePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Facts and Figures: China and IndiaPlenary
20:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by the Austrian National BankSocial


09:00 - 10:30The International Competition for ResourcesPlenary
11:00 - 12:30DiscussionPlenary
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 01: Economic Factor and Resource of the Future: Environment and EnergyBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 02: Tourism: "New Markets Pay Off!"Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 03: Globalisation in Conflict with Economic Theory?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 04: Fair Trade and the Fair Market of the FutureBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 05: Global Capital Markets and the Role of Hedge FundsBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 06: Corporate Management and Corporate Strategies in the European-Asian ContextBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 07: Plagiarism! What is the Value of Intellectual Property in Global Economy?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 08: Corruption as a Globalising Factor - Challenges and Threats in Various SectorsBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 09: Business and Development: The International Dimension of Corporate Social ResponsibilityBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 10: European (Self-) Consciousness as Success Factor in GlobalisationBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Working Group 11: Insurance Coverage in National and International DisastersBreakout
18:30 - 20:00Special Lecture: Globalisation, Transparency, Democratic Legitimation and Medial Coverage of Political Decision MakingPlenary
20:00 - 23:30Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by the Tourism and Leisure Industries Division Vienna of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber - WKOSocial
20:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by T-Systems Austria GesmbH and Tele2UTA Telecommunication GmbhSocial


09:00 - 12:30Political PerspectivesPlenary
12:30 - 12:45Closing RemarksPlenary