Professor Jason Sharman
The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign Against Grand Corruption
From the revelations of the Panama Papers to the revolutions in the Arab world, Ukraine and elsewhere, few issues are more incendiary than political leaders’ grand corruption. Rulers loot billions from their own countries, and secrete the money abroad for laundering and conspicuous consumption. But in a change that has transformed the international politics of such corruption, from 2005 a new global rule forbids one state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another. Given how many current world leaders are corrupt, how did this rule come about? How well does it work? How could it work better? Taking evidence from a rogue’s gallery of kleptocratic despots past and present, the lecture answers these questions by following the money trail to countries, including to Australia, which has been described by one of our neighbours as ‘the Cayman Islands of the South Pacific’.
Join the School of Government and International Relations for a fascinating journey into the world of political grand corruption, presented by keynote speaker Professor Jason Sharman. The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapés in the Griffith Art Gallery.
RSVP on or before Friday 16 September 2016 , by email firstname.lastname@example.org