2012 LIDS Symposium

Development amidst Corruption | Developments against Corruption.

Friday November 9, 2012. Milstein Conference Hall.

Corruption affects us all, from children who are denied life-saving treatment to large corporations looking to do business in difficult places. The experience of corruption, and the fight against it, thus resonates with people around the world.

This year’s LIDS Symposium, entitled “Development amidst Corruption | Developments against Corruption,” will deal with the experience of corruption and its effects, and intends to highlight the increasingly global nature of anti-corruption efforts. The symposium will present powerful personal narratives from those who have risked much to combat corruption, and will throw up fresh new ideas for tackling corruption in both rich and poor nations.

This year’s LIDS Symposium is to be held on November 9, 2012 at the Milstein Conference Hall in the Wasserstein Caspersen Building at Harvard Law School. Click here to view the program.

 Speaker and Moderator Profiles

El Cid Butuyan

El Cid Butuyan is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and Harvard Law School (LL.M.).  In 2007, he was appointed by the then Harvard Law Dean, Elena Kagan, as the Harvard Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow “in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law.” In 2012 Mr. Butuyan, together with LIDS, launched the first International Anti-Corruption Clinical Project at Harvard Law School. He has also served as LIDS Advisory Board member since 2009.

Mr. Butuyan is currently a Senior Litigation Specialist at the World Bank, Integrity Vice-Presidency (INT), based in Washington DC where he is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of sanctions cases against firms and individuals involved in fraud and corruption in World Bank projects worldwide. Prior to joining INT, Mr. Butuyan worked as Counsel at the World Bank’s Legal Department where he provided legal advice on a wide range of matters including corporate governance, ethics, internal investigations, procurement and institutional policy. He played a key role in the World Bank’s early sanctions reform and anti-corruption efforts culminating in the first Sanctions Board statute, procedures and sanctioning guidelines and extension of the sanctions regime across the World Bank Group. He also helped draft the World Bank’s whistleblower protection policy.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Butuyan practiced law with a major law firm in the Philippines and clerked for a Justice of the Supreme Court. He also served as a member of the Prosecution Panel in the historic impeachment of the former Philippine President for corruption.

Mr. Butuyan returns regularly to Harvard to speak on the topic of transnational corruption.  More recently, he also spoke at the University of Cambridge, the China National Corruption Prevention Bureau and the Chinese Academy of Governance.  Mr. Butuyan returns regularly to Harvard to speak on the topic of international anti-corruption efforts.  More recently, he also spoke at the University of Cambridge, the China National Corruption Prevention Bureau and the Chinese Academy of Governance.

James Hamilton

James Hamilton is currently the President of the International Association of Prosecutors. Between 1999 and 2011, he was Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Mr. Hamilton is only the second person to have served in that role, since the office was established in 1974.  As DPP, Mr. Hamilton played a significant role in reforming the criminal justice system in Ireland, and saw that his office adapted to legal developments and societal changes.

From Dublin, Mr. Hamilton studied history and political science in Trinity College. He was then called to the Bar and practiced on the Northern and Dublin Circuits from 1973-1981. During this time he was prosecuting counsel for County Donegal (1977-1981). In 1981 he was appointed a full-time legal adviser to the Attorney General, and in 1995 made permanent head of the Office of the Attorney General and senior legal adviser to the AG. Mr. Hamilton became DPP in 1999.

In addition to his role as President of the International Association of Prosecutors, Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission.

Roberto Laver

Roberto Laver is an international consultant and lecturer focused on governance, integrity and judicial reform issues. He is currently a visiting associate at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on research on corruption and development. He has practiced international law for over twenty years including positions at major private law firms in Buenos Aires, Washington D.C. and Boston and as senior counsel at the World Bank. From 2003 through 2009, Mr. Mazur was the Executive Director of the International Forum of Bible Agencies, a strategic alliance of Biblical mission entities. He has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Taylor University. Mr. Laver holds law degrees from Buenos Aires University Law School (JD) and the University of Virginia School of Law (LLM, SJD).

Robert Mazur

As a federal agent, Robert Mazur spent five years undercover infiltrating the criminal hierarchy of Colombia’s drug cartels. The dirty bankers and businessmen he befriended knew him as Bob Musella, a wealthy, mob-connected big shot living the good life. Together they partied in $1,000-per-night hotel suites, drank bottles of the world’s finest champagne, drove Rolls-Royce convertibles, and flew in private jets. But under Mazur’s Armani suits and in his Renwick briefcase, recorders whirred quietly, capturing the damning evidence of their crimes. Then, at a staged wedding, he led a dramatic takedown that shook the underworld. In the end, more than eighty men and women were charged worldwide. Operation C-Chase became one of the most successful undercover operations in the history of U.S. law enforcement, and evidence gathered during the bust proved critical to the conviction of General Manuel Noriega.

Mr. Mazur’s story is now a best-selling novel, The Infiltrator; a movie is in the works.

From New York, Mr. Mazur is a graduate of Wagner College. In 1998, he retired from a 27-year career as a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Mr. Mazur is currently President of Chase & Associates, a private investigative agency based in Tampa, Florida.

Owing to Mr. Mazur’s past as an undercover agent, we request that audience members do not take photographs or video recordings of him.

Mark F. Mendelsohn

Mark Mendelsohn is a partner in the litigation department of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. He is also the Chair of the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Group.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Mr. Mendelsohn served as the deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern FCPA enforcement program. During his time administering this program, the DOJ brought more than 50 prosecutions against corporations for FCPA and related offenses, resulting in more than $1.5 billion in criminal penalties. Among the most notable prosecutions were United States v. Siemens AG, et al.; United States v. Kellogg Brown & Root, LLC and United States v. Albert “Jack” Stanley; and United States v. Daimler AG.

Mr. Mendelsohn earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and holds a B.A. from Yale University.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ appointment as the Philippines’ chief graft buster was announced by President Benigno Aquino III in 2011.

Ombudsman Carpio Morales graduated valedictorian in elementary and in high school at Paoay Elementary School and Paoay North Institute, respectively. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Economics) in 1964 and her Bachelor of Laws in 1968, both from the University of the Philippines (UP).

After graduation from law school, she worked at the Atienza Tabora and Del Rosario Law offices in Manila. In 1971, she joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the Philippines as Special Assistant to then Justice Secretary Vicente Abad Santos. After almost 12 years with the DOJ, she became a judge in 1983, when then President Ferdinand Marcos appointed her as a trial court judge in Pili, Camarines Sur. Three years later, she was appointed a trial court judge in Pasay City.

In 1994, Ombudsman Carpio Morales was appointed to the Court of Appeals, where she headed the 7th Division of the Court. On Sept. 3, 2002, upon the unanimous endorsement of the members of the Judicial and Bar Council, she was appointed to the high court by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

During the centenary of UP in 2008, the UP Alumni Association conferred on Ombudsman Carpio Morales the Outstanding Award in Championing Justice/Judiciary “for delivering justice with courage and untrammeled integrity” — “a shining paragon to all magistrates, worthy of emulation and respect.”

Prof. Matthew Stephenson

Matthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, and political economy of public law. His research focuses on the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, judicial institutions, and separation of powers. Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty, Professor Stephenson clerked for Senior Judge Stephen Williams on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. (political science) from Harvard in 2003, and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1997.

Judge Mark L. Wolf

Judge Mark Wolf is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has served as a federal judge since he received his commission in 1985, after being recommended by President Ronald Reagan.

In his position as a federal judge, Judge Wolf has handled a wide range of cases pertaining to political corruption and fraud. He has also traveled extensively, and discussed the challenges that judges face in low-income and middle-income countries with weak institutions and rampant corruption.

Judge Wolf was in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975, and was in private practice in Washington, DC from 1971 to 1974. He was a Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Laurence Silberman from 1974 to 1975, and a Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi from 1975 to 1977. Following another stint in private practice, this time in Boston, Judge Wold was appointed a Deputy U.S. Attorney and was chief of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Public Corruption Unit from 1981 to 1985. Judge Wolf has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School and Boston College Law School.

Judge Wolf earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds a B.A. from Yale University.