Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption


Corruption and Anti-Corruption, Threats Challenges and Opportunities, 2014

The annual Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) conference is becoming a key part of the anti-corruption landscape.

The third such iteration took place on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf, central London with 100 participants discussing a whole range of issues and challenges facing corruption scholars and anti-corruption practitioners.

The academic highlights came in the form of magisterial tour de force from SOAS's Mushtaq Khan on the challenges of getting governance right. 

Khan presented swathes of data to highlight the necessity of understanding the governance challenge before attempting to create policies and frameworks for fighting corrupt practices. 

This was followed by Jonathan Hopkin's (LSE) equally impressive account of the role that governments in western Europe might, could and perhaps should be playing in thinking about how they might face down corruption challenges.

As always, the conference programme wasn't dominated just by academics, with real-world practitioners making a series of valuable contributions.

Clifford Chance's Roger Best, for example, analysed the impact of the UK Bribery Act, while the Executive Director of Transparency International UK, Robert Barrington, talked about a range of other challenges currently facing the UK. 

Contributions from Corruption Watch's Sue Hawley on the problems of enforcing anti-corruption legislation and the Head of the UK's Proceeds of Crime Unit, Jon Benton, also highlighted the difficulty of making what's down on paper work in practice.

A new innovation this year came in the form of a round table of work conducted by the University of Sussex's MA in Corruption and Governance students. 

Gilda Donatone, Felicitas Neuhaus and Shi Wei discussed their own research into, respectively, the relationship between corruption and civil society, a free press and corruption in the defence sector and finally how corruption and torture become ever more intertwined.

As ever, the event also proved to be an excellent opportunity for people from different but interlinked anti-corruption communities to network and discuss options for taking their work forward. 

For further information on the event or on the SCSC, contact Dan Hough on



SCSC Conference 2014