Corruption and Compliance: Promoting Integrity in a Global Economy

Event Date

Corruption and Compliance: Promoting Integrity in a Global Economy

January 23, 2015
8:30 AM – 5 PM

The event is free and open to the public. View online here.

Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 at a time when U.S. corporations were bribing top government officials in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The law has gained some modern traction over the last five years, with major prosecutions of some of the wealthiest multinational companies in the world. Similarly, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and other countries have recently passed aggressive anti-bribery legislation. This Symposium will address current domestic and international approaches to the problem and will explore the practical effect of these laws on the global economy.


Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00-9:15 AM
Dean Kevin R. Johnson, UC Davis School of Law

Why Regulate Corruption? (MCLE credit available)

9:15-10:40 AM
Moderated by Professor Robert Hillman, University of California, Davis
Professor Phil Nichols, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Andy Spalding, University of Richmond
Professor Beverley Earle, Bentley University
Professor Anita Cava, University of Miami

Coffee and Snacks

10:40-10:50 AM

Keynote Address

11:00-11:45 AM
Jay Jorgensen, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Compliance Officer of Walmart. Mr. Jorgensen leads the company’s global compliance strategy and oversees compliance functions for Walmart’s markets


12:00-12:45 PM

Domestic Approach to Corruption (MCLE credit available)

1:00-2:15 PM
Moderated by Professor Anupam Chander, University of California, Davis
Michael Li-Ming Wong, Partner, Gibson Dunn
Professor Mike Koehler, Southern Illinois University
Professor Joseph Yockey, University of Iowa

Refreshments and Snacks

2:15-2:30 PM

Comparative Approaches to Corruption (MCLE credit available)

2:30-3:45 PM
Moderated by Professor Afra Afsharipour, University of California, Davis
Professor Kevin Davis, Vice Dean, New York University
Professor Dr. C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University & Dean, Jindal Global Law School
Professor Daniel Chow, Ohio State University

Closing Remarks & Reception

4:00-5:00 PM

Panel Descriptions:

Why Regulate Corruption

This panel will explore the moral, social, and economic effects of corruption around the world. Panelists will speak on how bribery affects government output, foreign investment, wealth distributions, and other aspects of society. This panel will address historical justifications and approaches to regulating corruption, and the importance of maintaining those efforts today.

Domestic Approach to Corruption

Enacted in the 1970s, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was a historic piece of legislation that addressed wide-scale briberies occurring overseas involving American citizens and corporations. Bolstered by increasingly negative international attitudes toward corruption, the United States has stepped up its enforcement actions over the past few years. This has resulted in some high-profile cases involving some of the world’s largest corporations. This panel will explore the nature of FCPA enforcement.

Comparative Approaches to Corruption

Though many international anti-corruption laws mirror the U.S. approach, some include important variations or novel innovations. These alternatives are based on differing levels of government commitment to prosecuting corruption, varied conceptions of what constitutes corruption, and other specific distinctions. This panel will address those differences by examining the anti-corruption laws in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.