Thu, Jan. 31, 2019
2 pm - 6 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

Elections in Latin America are freer and fairer than they used to be, and, with the rare exception, political power in Latin American countries is no longer monopolized by a single individual, military junta or political party. From Chile to Mexico, legal reforms have promoted higher levels of government transparency and citizen participation. But in spite of these improvements, the region continues to grapple with systemic corruption. Scandals such as Lava Jato (“Operation Car Wash”) in Brazil, La Estafa Maestra (“The Master Fraud”) in Mexico and La Línea (“The Line”) in Guatemala have made corruption a geopolitical priority. This emphasis is likely also driven by people’s direct experiences with corrupt officials; compared to 2008, in 2016, more residents in the region reported being asked for a bribe by a government official.

The Baker Institute Latin America Initiative and Mexico Center hosted this half-day conference on corruption control in Latin America. Keynote speaker Susan Rose-Ackerman, the Henry R. Luce Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence at Yale University, and expert panelists examined how this problem significantly affects our neighboring countries in Latin America and explored some of the solutions available to advance public sector integrity in the region.

View video and photos from the conference below.

For videos of post-event interviews with Mexico Center director Tony Payan and conference participants, click here


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Panel 1
Panel 2





2:00 pm



Welcome and Introduction

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute

2:05 pm



Keynote Address

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Ph.D.
Henry R. Luce Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence at Yale University

Daniel Nielson, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

Question and Answer Session

3:00 pm



Panel I — Corruption Control in Latin America

Introduction: Erika de la Garza, Program Director, Latin America Initiative, Baker Institute

Louise Shelley, Ph.D.
Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy and University Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho
Federal Prosecutor, Brazil

Her Excellency Thelma Aldana
Former Attorney General, Guatemala

Moderated by Matthew Stephenson, Ph.D., Eli Goldstein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Question and Answer Session

4:25 pm    

Coffee Break

4:35 pm



Panel II — Corruption Control in Mexico

Introduction: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

Mariana Campos
Program Director, Public Budget and Accountability, México Evalúa

Claudio X. González, Ph.D.
Co-founder and President, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI)

Jacqueline Peschard, Ph.D.
Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Moderated by Paul Lagunes, Ph.D., 2018 Board of Advisors Visiting Fellow, Baker Institute

Question and Answer Session

5:55 pm



Closing Remarks

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

6:00 pm




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Thu, Jan. 31, 2019
2 pm - 6 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall