The IACA Summer Academy is an intensive programme designed for professionals looking to consolidate their experience and enhance their competences to better counter corruption. Interdisciplinary in nature, it addresses trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda and promotes a culture of the reflective practitioner.

Every year, the programme is delivered by more than a dozen renowned academics and practitioners. The first five annual IACA Summer Academies were organized with the kind support of Siemens under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.



Browse through the programme from the list below. Please note that the programme may be subject to further change (status as of 17 April 2018). Sessions will start at 08:30 every day except Friday, 6 July, when the programme will commence at 10:30.

  • Registration at the hotel in Vienna (12:00 - 16:30)
  • Transportation to IACA
  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception (18:00 – 20:00)


  • Introductory Lecture, Martin Kreutner (Dean & Executive Secretary, IACA)
  • Rethinking Corruption: Global Perspectives, Contextualized Initiatives, Defining Corruption as an Old Crime with New Forms, Catherine Bamugemereire (Justice of the Court of Appeal of Uganda)
  • Team Building (Return to Vienna at 19:00)


  • Overview, Achievements, and Challenges of UNCAC Review Mechanism, Dimitri Vlassis (Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, UNODC)
  • Fighting Foreign Bribery: Successes & Challenges, Christine Uriarte (Senior Legal Analyst, Anti-Corruption Division, OECD)
  • Role of Economic Theory in Predicting and Potentially Curbing Corruption, Tina Søreide (Professor of Law and Economics, Norwegian School of Economics)
  • Vienna Tour (18:00 – 20:00)


  • Does Democracy Check Corruption? Michael Johnston (Distinguished Professor at IACA and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Colgate University)
  • Influence Markets, Technology, and Emerging Vulnerabilities Michael Johnston
  • Excursion to Danube Region/Wachau (Return to Vienna at 21:30)


  • Political Will, Transparency, and Magical Thinking, Michael Johnston
  • “Populism”, Deep Democratization, and IntegrityMichael Johnston
  • Comparative International Perspectives on the Regulation of Public Procurement, Caroline Nicholas (Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, UNCITRAL Secretariat)
  • Anti-Corruption in the Area of Public Procurement – Vulnerabilities, Lessons Learned, and Best PracticesJohannes Schnitzer (Founder, Schnitzer Law)
  • Networking & Barbecue (Return to Vienna at 20:30)


  • The Siemens Compliance System and What We All Can Do to Drive Fair Market Conditions, Klaus Moosmayer (Chief Compliance Officer, Siemens AG)
  • From Yale to Jail. Why Good Managers Make Unethical Decisions, Guido Palazzo (Professor of Business Ethics, University of Lausanne)
  • The Splendours and Miseries of Anti-Corruption Compliance, Alexey Konov (Director of Anti-Corruption and Education Centre of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)
  • Roundtable - Corruption in Sports: How to Play by the Rules (return to Vienna at 22:00)
    • Dieter Braekeveld (Integrity in Sports Training Officer, INTERPOL)
    • Alexey Konov
    • Other panellists TBA


  • Online Investigation: Strategies and Techniques, Paul Myers (Investigative Journalist)
  • Advanced Social Media Research and Tools, Paul Myers
  • Investigating a Secret Crime That Leaves no Fingerprints, Rebecca B.L. Li (Consultant on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Governance and Former Acting Head of Operations of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption)
  • Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner (Return to Vienna at 23:30)


  • Global Perspective: How to Make Anti-Corruption Agencies Survive? Abu Kassim bin Mohamed (Adjunct Professor, University of Selangor)
  • Regional Perspective: Transforming ACA to Cope with Changes and Real Case Examples, Abu Kassim bin Mohamed
  • Closing Ceremony & Awarding of Certificates (Ends at 18:00)


Target Group

Professionals from around the world, with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public or private sector, international or non-governmental organizations, as well as media representatives, students, and researchers in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance

Alternatively, a level of junior engagement demonstrating the applicant’s potential

Duration 29 Jun - 6 Jul 2018
Application Deadline

31 May 2018

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

Certificate Awarded Certificate of Attendance

Tuition Fee Options

2,340 EUR - Tuition Fee

2,930 EUR - Tuition Fee with Accommodation and Shuttle

Please see the "Fees and Logistics" section below for details.

Scholarships Please kindly note that scholarship applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer Academy 2018.

IACA is offering the following discounts on both of the tuition fee options for the Summer Academy 2018:

  • 10 % for passport holders from IACA’s Parties
  • 15 % for (registered) IACA Alumni
  • 20 % for passport holders from IACA’s Parties which contribute(d) financially to IACA’s general budget anytime between 1 January of the preceding calendar year and the day of the application for the Summer Academy 2018.*

* Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Chile, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Thailand.

This scheme remains valid until revocation. It may be modified or superseded by later schemes at any time.

Please see the "Fees and Logistics" section below for details. Read more.



 pdf Regulations for the Application, Admission, and Participation in the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy 2018. Updated on 09.03.2018


The eighth annual Summer Academy will take place from 29 June to 6 July 2018.

In integrating theory and practice, the programme equips participants with a deeper understanding of the intricacies of corruption, tools to assess best practices and cross-sectoral challenges, and frameworks to devise durable anti-corruption strategies.

Participants are exposed to the latest insights from world-leading experts and have the opportunity to develop a strong network of professionals.

The Summer Academy consists of lectures, roundtable discussions, teambuilding activities, and social events.

Course Topics

  • Economics
  • Enforcement / Prevention
  • Ethics
  • Integrity and Compliance
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The syllabi of previous Summer Academies are available in the "Summer Academies 2011-2017" tab below.

  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience, or alternatively, a level of junior engagement demonstrating the applicant’s potential
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Participants will be selected taking into account their professional and academic experience. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various regional backgrounds.

Tuition fee

2,340 EUR – also includes daily on-site catering with lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks as well as the welcome and farewell dinners and social activities.

Tuition fee with accommodation and shuttle

2,930 EUR – in addition to the above, IACA will book a room in a three-star hotel in Vienna for eight nights (including breakfast) and will provide a daily shuttle service between IACA and the hotel. The tuition fee is included in this price.

Fee discounts

  Tuition fee (EUR) Tuition fee, accommodation, and daily shuttle (EUR)

Tuition fee

2,340 2,930
10 % discount for passport holders from IACA’s Parties 2,106 2,637

15 % discount for (registered) IACA Alumni

1,989 2,490.50

20 % discount for passport holder from IACA’s Parties which contribute(d) financially to IACA’s general budget anytime between 1 January of the preceding calendar year and the day of the registration/application for the respective programme/activity.*

1,872 2,344

* Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Chile, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Thailand.

This discount scheme remains valid until revocation. It may be modified or superseded by later schemes at any time. More details are available here


Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance and covering any associated costs.


Participants requiring a visa for Austria are responsible for their own visa arrangements and any associated costs.


Since it began in 2011, the IACA Summer Academy has empowered more than 480 professionals from 110 countries in all parts of the globe. The first five IACA Summer Academies (2011 to 2015) were organized with the kind support of Siemens under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

The full programmes from previous years are available below.

pdf 2017 Programme

pdf 2016 Programme

pdf 2015 Programme

pdf2014 Programme

pdf2013 Programme

pdf2012 Programme

pdf2011 Programme

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“Initially, I doubted my ability to match the other candidates, but I am now driven to seek a career in compliance. You (IACA) provided me with the tools, motivation, and learning platform to see that my goal of becoming a certified compliance professional was definitely achievable."

Scott Davison (UK), Country Sales Manager, Hertz Equipment Rental, Middle East & North Africa, Qatar (Summer Academy 2017)

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“It was an amazing exercise with many participants from around the world, diverse experiences, and professors sharing very useful knowledge. The opportunities this IACA programme provided for networking and partnering on the anti-corruption agenda cannot be overlooked."

Justine Kasoma (Uganda), Technical Advisor, Strengthening External Audit Component, Governance and Civil Society Programme, GIZ Uganda (Summer Academy 2017)

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"IACA Summer Academy 2017 fulfilled my expectations! It was well-organized, and the academic sessions were exceptionally good. It has changed my views about corruption, opened my eyes, and showed the ways to fight it. The Academy has not only enhanced our knowledge but also helped to build a strong network among participants, anti-corruption fighters from all over the world. In short, it was an excellent programme!"

Aminul Islam (Bangladesh), Judge, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh


"The 2016 Summer Academy was special for me, because I had the great opportunity to make new friends and learn from their experience. The lectures were in a stimulating environment and the IACA staff were very helpful. For sure, this was a great experience which I will carry on using in my daily activities. Thank you IACA for the enthusiasm and for doing it every year!"

Petrusca Leite (Brazil), Business Partner Corporate/Lawyer, WorleyParsons, Brazil

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“When I switched from the media and civil sector to business, I felt that I had a lot to learn about how a company operates. I was hoping that I would learn a lot from others’ experiences and the Summer Academy was very useful in this respect.”

Eva Vajda (Hungary), CE Forensic Operations Manager, Deloitte

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“The 2016 IACA Summer Academy came at the right time for me. The programme was an opportunity to absorb invaluable first-hand knowledge in a very short period of time.”

Abu Bhakarr Jalloh (Sierra Leone), Business and Economic Editor, African Press Agency (APA News)

Carey-Fenton web   

“My Summer Academy class had participants from over 40 countries, and our experience included working for large and small corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. The diversity of the participants, as well as the thought-provoking lectures, led to a depth of discussion that is not often found in training courses.”

Carey Fenton (United States of America), Program Director, Global Anti-Corruption Compliance, Walmart

Juliano web   

“The Summer Academy is a great programme and it’s good fun. It’s important to have fun when doing things. It opens your mind and your horizons. It promotes a community spirit and you learn that you cannot fight corruption alone.”

Juliano Franco (Portugal), Legal Officer at the European Ombudsman