Watch UN Side Event on Anti-Corruption

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1:00 PM EDT

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Global standards like the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) have been crucial in combating corruption. UNCAC was a watershed and the first time that the UN used a peer review mechanism.

The peer review approach, which marked a significant change in how governments feel they should operate, allows them to generate insights, ideas and advice from other countries’ experiences. Though essential to good policymaking, however, good information by itself does not alter behavior or prevent backsliding on reforms.

With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute developed a new guide, Piercing the Veil: Using Peer Reviews in the Fight Against Corruption, to help stakeholders turn peer review analysis into practical and effective actions to combat corruption. On June 1, 2021, INL and IFES co-hosted an expert dialogue and global launch of this unique resource.


  • Katherine Ellena, Senior Global Legal Advisor, IFES
  • Christopher Lehmann, Executive Director, CEELI Institute
  • Erin Barclay, Deputy Assistant Secretary, INL, U.S. Department of State
  • Phil Mason, former Policy Lead for cross-UK government engagement on anti-corruption, former UK Lead for UNCAC, Member of the Transparency International UK Advisory Council
  • Laura Ștefan, Executive Director of Expert Forum, Chairperson of the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative, Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) Expert and former Director in the Romanian Ministry of Justice

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