Fighting Transborder Corruption Expert Group of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
Netherlands Helsinki Committee
BlueLink Foundation
CEELI Institute

CEELI Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

Aims/Objectives/Description of the Conference
The Conference will provide an arena for academics, policy researchers and corruption investigators across disciplines for extending the debate of civil society, media and state authority responses to transborder corruption in the EU-Russia region.
We invite contributions that address developments, trends, or investigate specific cases of transborder corruption in the EU member states and Russia. Research and practitioners’ investigations of related processes and cases within the target region’s immediate neighbourhood, including Ukraine, South Eastern Europe, or European Economic Area, shall be presented and addressed. Contributions on the US and other countries’ cases that demonstrate relevance to the processes and trends of transborder corruption in the EU and Russia as well as comparative studies are welcome.
The conference programme will be structured according to two streams – the academic and the practitioners’ one. For the academic stream, we welcome and encourage proposals for papers across a wide range of relevant perspectives – such as political, democracy and kleptocracy studies, economics, international relations and law, anthropology, journalism and media studies. For the practitioners’ stream, we encourage reports from recent investigations of transborder corruption as well as insights of practical, legal, institutional, cultural and corporate challenges to anti-corruption work and suggestions for resolving them.
A primary question that the conference will aim to compare responses to is: How could civil society and journalists influence authorities to effectively prosecute and diminish corruption? Contributions to both conference streams will be encouraged to advance the knowledge of methods to research, investigate, analyse, and fight corruption.
No participation fees will be charged. Travel and accommodation support will be offered to conference participants from EU countries and Russia in justified cases.  Investigators and researchers presenting transborder corruption cases will be eligible for covering of additional travel costs related to their investigations in Russia and the EU. Participants should indicate and justify interest in receiving travel support in their abstract submissions.

Call for Papers
The conference will include research papers, position papers, investigation presentations, or multimedia/film presentations. It will lead to the publication of an edited report on transborder corruption in the EU and Russia. Proposed contributions should take up to 20 minutes of presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions and debate. Presentations might be grounded in on-going investigations, journalistic practice, or activism as well as work in progress.
Paper/presentation proposals should include all of the following details of the proposed contribution:
* the name(s), affiliation(s), email(s) of presenter(s);
* title of paper/report presentation and chosen stream (the academic or the practitioners’ one);
* abstract (max. 500 words);
* a justified request for travel and accommodation support;
* a short bio (max. 150 words).
The working language is English. 

Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Bálint Magyar, Author of the Book “Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary”

Abstracts can be submitted and will be reviewed on an on-going basis until 31 March 2017, 5pm CET.
You will have been notified, whether your submission has been successful, by 5 April 2017.
Submission deadline for accepted papers: 5 June 2017.
Conference dates: 19-20 June 2017.
Edited Report published in October 2017.
Please submit proposals and inquiries to pavelan(at)bluelink(dot)net.

Conference Committee:

Anastasia Kirilenko, Independent Journalist / Corruption Investigator
Harry Hummel, Netherlands Helsinki Committee
Dr Pavel Antonov, Conference Scientific Coordinator, BlueLink Foundation, Associated Member of the Open Space Research Centre, UK

For more information on the Group, please follow the link.