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Join us at this online panel and discussion from 6.30pm on Thursday, 10 February led by our alumni experts. Our panel will explain and discuss how corruption happens in practice, encompassing bribery, political corruption, kleptocracy and corrupt capital. More details on our panellists can be found below.

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Our Panellists:

Robert Barrington

Robert Barrington (1984) is Professor of Anti-Corruption Practice at the Centre for the Study of Corruption in the University of Sussex. He was formerly the head of Transparency International (TI) in the UK, the world’s leading anti-corruption NGO, where he led the campaigns to secure the Bribery Act, a national Anti-Corruption Strategy for the UK and the introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders. He now chairs TI’s International Council. Previous roles include Director of Governance & Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management, and CEO (Europe) of the environmental research group Earthwatch Institute. Robert is a member of the ICAEW’s Corporate Governance Committee, and UK government advisory roles have included the Ministry of Justice’s expert group drafting the official guidance on the Bribery Act, the BEIS Export Guarantees Advisory Committee and the Cabinet Office’s post-Brexit Procurement Transformation Advisory Panel. Publications include ‘Understanding Corruption’, ‘How to Bribe’, ‘Adequate Procedures – Guidance to the UK Bribery Act’, ‘Countering Small Bribes’ and ‘Corruption in the UK’. He holds a degree from Oxford University and a PhD from the European University Institute.

Liz David-Barrett

Liz David-Barrett (1992) is Professor of Governance and Integrity at the University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption. Her research focuses on corruption risks at the interface of business and government, and she is currently writing a book on how state capture manifests around the world. Her research on private-sector collective action to combat corruption identifies key conditions for success in changing international norms, while other work focuses on anti-corruption leadership in systemically corrupt contexts. Liz engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners globally, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, and advises the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and the G20 on their international anti-corruption work. Before becoming an academic, Liz worked as a journalist in the Balkans for The Economist and Financial Times. She has a DPhil, MSc and MA from Oxford (Oriel and St Antony’s) and an MA from the University of London (SSEES).

Dominic Martin

Dominic Martin (1983) graduated from Oriel in 1987 with a BA in Classics. He then spent nearly 30 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, serving overseas in India, Argentina, the United States and as Ambassador to the OECD in Paris. He also held the roles of Director for Economic Diplomacy and Director for the 2013 G8 Presidency. He left the FCO in 2014 to join the Norwegian energy company Equinor (formerly named Statoil) in 2014, where he has held a number of senior policy and regulatory roles. During his public service career, he played a central role in the development of the 2010 UK Bribery Act and subsequent UK Anti-corruption Strategy. He has been a Trustee of Transparency International UK (TI-UK) since 2019, having previously been a member of the TI-UK Advisory Council.

Mark Philp

Mark Philp (1983) is professor of history and politics at the University of Warwick, and an Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College. Recent publications include Radical Conduct: Politics, Sociability and Equality in London 1789-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 2020); with Joanna Innes eds., Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850 (Oxford, 2013) and Re-imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean (Oxford, 2018), and editions of J S Mill’s essays, and his Autobiography for Oxford World Classics. He chairs the Research Advisory Board of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.


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