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Corruption is a pervasive issue that distorts the rule of law, hinders economic development, and fuels organized crime. Because corruption occurs in numerous ways—including bribery, breach of duty, embezzlement, and conflict of interest—it is imperative that researchers and policymakers tackle corruption from various directions. ICCLR adopts this strategy by analyzing and instructing against different forms of municipal, federal, and international corruption.
ICCLR has assisted in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which entered into force in 2005 and was subsequently ratified by Canada in 2007. Among its other activities, ICCLR contributed to the production of a major report for the Assembly of State Parties to the UNCAC and an integrated checklist for State Parties to report on the implementation of the UNCAC.
ICCLR is currently developing programs to support anti-corruption policy reform with Canadian municipalities, and assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to comply with relevant anti-corruption laws when undertaking business activities overseas.