Anti-corruption package launched by Transparency International and FGV Law Schools
On June 5, Transparency International and FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (FGV Direito Rio) and Sao Paulo Law School (FGV Direito SP) launched a package with 70 anti-corruption measures in Brazil. Considered the largest anti-corruption package ever developed in the world, the initiative is a collaborative effort involving experts from several institutions, who drew up and reviewed the proposals that will be submitted to Brazil’s National Congress.
“Our political system is completely disorganized, with parties struggling to articulate with society to build an anti-corruption agenda. Therefore, the advancement of this purposeful agenda within the universities came naturally, with the partnership with Transparency International to draft new measures against corruption”, said the Coordinator of Direito Rio’s Center for Justice and Society (CJUS), professor Michael Freitas Mohallem, who opened the event alongside the Director of Transparency International in Brazil, Bruno Brandão.
Coined “New Measures Against Corruption”, the mega-package aims to reinstate the public debate that ended prematurely in Congress during the voting of the so-called “Ten Measures Against Corruption”, drawn up by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. At the time, one of the main criticisms pointed to the lack of space for other experts, social and academic organizations to participate and discuss one of the country’s most relevant topics in recent years.
The proposals seek to review some points that have already been discussed, in addition to adding new outlooks and content for a renewed agenda of anti-corruption reforms. Based on the compilation of national and international best practices and collaboration among several sectors of Brazilian society, the partners built a platform of proposals for legislative, administrative and institutional reforms, with the goal of fostering public debate focused on the systemic roots of corruption, as well as offering permanent and long-term resolutions. The initiative includes draft bills, constitutional amendment bills, draft resolutions and other rules to control corruption.
To develop the 70 new measures against corruption, the partners consulted 373 institutions over a year and a half of work, in a process involving more than 200 experts, writers and reviewers. In addition, 912 people participated in the public consultation step of the process, proposing amendments to the projects developed. The result of this initiative is available for free on FGV’s Digital Library website.