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YPFP DC: Corruption in Development, Sanctions as a Deterrent
Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 - 8pm
Enrique Iglesias Conference Center
1330 New York Ave, NW
Bribery and corruption permeate all levels of local and international development projects and activities. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have increased their strategies to prevent and remedy the pervasiveness of such practices. Structuring and strengthening a sanctions system is key for achieving this change. Challenges to obtaining this victory in the fight against corruption go from cultural and socioeconomic factors to the respect of fair and due process under a heterogeneous international framework composed by several different systems. Mr. Weaver and the panel will explore the reasoning behind MDB Sanctions Systems, their current structure, and the challenges they faces both in its present and future goals.
Bernardo Weaver is the first permanent Secretary to the Sanctions Committee of the IDB Group. Prior to his current position, Mr. Weaver practiced criminal law focusing on white collar cases. Among his publications, he has written for ReVista, published by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and collaborated in the first Brazilian publication on Anticorruption and Compliance. Mr. Weaver pursued his studies in Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro and Harvard Law School.
Andrea Osorio is the adviser of the Case Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank, where her practice focuses on international administrative law. She previously worked at the International Affairs Office of the Colombian Ministry of Defense. Prior to her experience at the Ministry, Ms. Osorio was an associated at the law firm Prias Cadavid Abogados, where she practiced Criminal and Constitutional Law. Ms. Osorio began her legal career as a Prosecutor’s Assistant at the Antinarcotics Unit of the General Prosecutor Office. Ms. Osorio graduated from Law School at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She has two postgraduate degrees from Universidad del Rosario, one on Constitutional Law and the other on Criminal Law. Ms. Osorio completed an LL.M. in International Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 2011.
Gabriel Rodríguez-Rico is an adviser to the Secretariat of the Sanctions Committee. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rodríguez-Rico was a Foreign Legal Specialist at Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). He also worked for Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, China. Mr. Rodríguez-Rico graduated from Law School at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico, and pursued an LL.M. at American University, Washington College of Law. He passed the New York Bar examination and his admission is currently pending.