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Monday, May 23 • 14:30 - 15:30
Corruption, Rent-Seeking, and the Acquisition of Loot: The Central Objectives of Authoritarianism

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From Venezuela to Congo, and China to Hungary, corruption hampers economic opportunity, erodes trust in institutions, corrodes the rule of law, and ultimately encourages regime officials to steal from vulnerable populations, safe in the knowledge that their ill-gotten gains can never be traced. In countries without independent judiciaries, free press, or free and fair elections to hold leaders accountable for their crimes, corruption thrives. In this deep dive, speakers will examine the toll corruption has taken on human rights, democratic values, and personal freedoms, as well as ways by which we can combat this scourge globally. The panel will be introduced by Bill Browder, originator of the Magnitsky Act, the law that seeks justice for the killers of Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

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Thor Halvorssen

CEO of the Human Rights Foundation

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Joice Etutu

BBC Senior Reporter
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Paul Massaro

Senior policy advisor for the US Helsinki Commission and counter-corruption expert
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Casey Michel

Author and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative

Monday May 23, 2022 14:30 - 15:30 CEST
Main Theater