The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis seeks to identify, recognize, and promote good anti-corruption and open government practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic gives rise to significant corruption risks. Governments have mobilized massive resources to respond to the health and economic crises. At the same time, many governments have enacted emergency procurement procedures and suspended corruption prevention and enforcement mechanisms. Each of these measures increases risk for corruption and waste. This corruption risk is a rule of law problem in itself. It also compromises the pandemic response, undermining much-needed trust in public institutions, squandering supplies and resources, and impeding their flow to those in need.
Co-sponsored by World Justice Challenge thematic partners the Open Government Partnership and the OECD, this discussion will focus on key anti-corruption and open government problems raised and exacerbated by the pandemic and discuss the types of solutions needed to address the crisis' underlying challenges, support an effective recovery process, and build back better rule of law based societies.
Dan Barr, Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP
Tonu Basu, Deputy Director of Thematic Policy Areas, Open Government Partnership
Markus Funk, Chair, White Collar and Investigations Practice, Perkins Coie, LLP,
Giulio Nessi, Policy Research and Advice, Public Sector Integrity Division, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD
Elizabeth Andersen, moderator, Executive Director, World Justice Project