Ario Dehghani: an overview of his anti-corruption compliance course in NaUKMA
Yurydychna Gazeta

The National University of Ukraine, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Anti-Corruption Research and Educational Centre (ACREC) have recently completed certifying the graduates of the first-ever course in Ukraine on anti-corruption compliance. Ario Dehghani, counsel and head of the Compliance practice at Redcliffe Partners, was interviewed by Yurydychna Gazeta newspaper regarding his participation as the course programme's co-author and lecturer.

Funded by the Open Society Institute and implemented by ACREC, the course covered in detail the most important areas of compliance for undergraduate students, concerning both Ukrainian law obligations as well as those requirements based on international law which have extraterritorial effect in Ukraine. The course was designed to be as practice-oriented as possible. Its 10 lectures and 10 workshops looked at particular compliance topics from a purely practical viewpoint.

What was unique about the course is that it was taught by two legal practitioners having EU and Ukrainian legal backgrounds in the compliance area. More importantly is that they deal on a daily basis with compliance, professional ethics and the rule of law, guiding businesses on how to demonstrate and practice zero tolerance to corruption. It allowed the authors to provide the students with a more detailed, clearer picture of why compliance is so important for financial success, no matter whether it applies to public or private sector companies.

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