Global Corruption and Public Integrity: The Human Factor

11th JUNE 2024

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Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker at our first international conference was Mr. Panos Alexandris, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Greece. In his opening keynote speech, he emphasized the critical importance of adapting the Directive’s public disclosure act of 2019 to Greek national law.

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Whistleblowing Legal Frameworks from a Global Comparative Perspective - Part 1

On our first panel of the day, we discussed various legal frames of the Public Disclosure Act between the USA, EU, and GREECE and some of their weaknesses. We further analyzed the Serbian Public Protection Act, which many experts consider one of the most advanced in the EU region.
Panelists:
Professor Joseph P. Wade, Jr., LLM MBA MIPP, Professor of Law USA
Vladimir Radomirović and Dragana Matović Founders, Pištaljka, Serbia
Moderator:
Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP, President / CEO WoA

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Whistleblowing Legal Frameworks from a Global Comparative Perspective - Part 2

Our second panel part 2 continued with experts, Louise Portas PhD, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Coalition Against Corruption (UNCAC), Dr. Stelios Andreadakis, Reader in Corporate and Financial Law, Brunel University London UK, and Vasilis Stamatopoulos, CEO Fraud Line Greece.

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Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP): A Form of Retaliation

On this panel we discuss the general definition of SLAPP suits and how it is used as a weapon, targeting people who speak truth to power globally.
Panelists include Dr. Suelette Dreyfus CEO of Blueprint for Free Speech, and Nikolaos Leontopoulos investigative journalist of Reporters United.
Moderator:
Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP, President / CEO WoA

 

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Traumatic Stress, Family Resilience, and Suicide Prevention: The Human Factor

Panel 5 represents a groundbreaking European initiative on ‘The Human Factor’. During our discussions, we delve into the effects and impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a side effect frequently associated with witnesses of public interest, known as whistleblowers and their families, including children.
Our panelists are Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP, President / CEO WoA, Jane Turner, FBI profiler (retired), whistleblower, National Whistleblower Network USA, and Rebekah Jones, USA Whistleblower ON COVID cover-up.
Moderator:
Ari Danikas, founder and CEO of Liberty of Speech.

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‘What Should South Africa Do to Protect Its Whistleblowers?’

Panel 6 is highly controversial as it covers South Africa, a country notorious for killing and silencing its whistleblowers.
Panelists:
Dr. Mary De Haas, Pioneer Apartheid Human Rights Advocate, Tony Haripersadh, family member and spokesman of South African assassinated whistleblower, Babita Deokaran, Cynthia Stimpel, Executive Director Whistleblower House South Africa, and Shelley Ann Moffitt, spouse of South African Whistleblower Ari Danikas.
Moderator:
Jane Turner, FBI profiler (retired), whistleblower, National Whistleblower Network USA

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Summary of the Day

Summary of the day with Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP, and Dr. Anna Damaskou CAMS CFE CGSS CIPP CIPM & anti-corruption expert.

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Advocacy and SLAPP: Protecting Journalists and Whistleblowers

On our first panel of day two, we start with a controversial topic involving SLAPP suits in Greece, a retaliation phenomenon often used against journalists to silence freedom of expression of speech.
Panelists:
Philipp Wissing, Blueprint for Free Speech’s Coordinator for the new German national ‘No-SLAPP’ 6-NGO Coalition and campaign, Fotis Giannoulas Managing Partner Giannoulas and Associates Law Firm Greece, Thanasis Koukakis, Financial / Investigative Reporter Dnews and alleged victim of SLAPP suit in Greece, and Janine Louloudi Greek Investigative Journalist at Reporters United Greece.
Moderator:
Ari Danikas, founder and CEO of Liberty of Speech

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A Safe Place to Work - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our second panel of day two will introduce a presentation by Dr. Jyoti Kukreja regarding challenges in the work environment in India.
Panelists:
Doctor of Philosophy Jagannath International Management School New Delhi | JIMS · Department of Management and Dr. Shweta Mehrotra PhD India Institute of Public Enterprise | IPE · Department of Finance (Banaras Hindu University India together with Moderator Jacqueline Garrick LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP,President / CEO WoA

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The Greek Case: Successes and Failures

Our third panel of the day is the main subject as it focuses on Greece and discusses the implementation of the EU Directive’s public disclosure act and its successes and failures.
Panelists:
Panagiotis Karankostantis Judge at Athens Court of Appeal (Appointed at the) Special Legal Service Ministry of Justice Greece, Yannis Souliotis Greek Investigative Journalist in Kathimerini media news, Dr. Angelos Kaskanis Executive Director Transparency International Greece, Maria Nathanail Head of Communications and Legal Analysis Vouli Watch, Mr. Panagiotis Kranidiotis ΙT Engineer Member of the Board of Directors of Open Technologies Alliance (https://gfoss.eu/), and Vassilis Stamatopoulos PhD CIPP/E CEO Fraud Line whistleblowing services Greece
Moderator:
Ari Danikas, founder and CEO of Liberty of Speech

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Rewarding, Compensating, or Rehabilitating Whistleblowers

Our fourth panel of day two discusses a controversial subject rewarding Vs compensating whistleblowers only after they have proven retaliation and loss of income. The USA has adopted a monetary reward policy while the EU has a modest approach of compensation only after proven retaliation and losses.
Panelists :
Tom Devine Legal Director Government Accountability Project JD
Chido Onumah Coordinator African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
Samantha Camilletti Program Officer Emergency Assistance Program at Freedom House
Dr Stelios Andreadakis Reader in Corporate and Financial Law Brunel University London UK
Moderator:
Dr. Stefanos Tyros PhD in Labour Markets and Technological Adoption Researcher at Harvard Business School

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A Global Approach to Fight Corruption

On the final chapter of our first international conference in Greece, Aris Danikas a Greek / South African whistleblower Advocate and founder of Liberty of Speech is introducing his idea of an international treaty of the whistleblower (International Office of the Whistleblower) as well as the emergency expedited visa for whistleblowers and their families in distress.
Panelists:
Ari Danikas Non-traditional Advocate and CEO of Liberty of Speech, Louise Portas PhD United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Coalition Against Corruption (UNCAC), and Samantha Camilletti Program Officer Emergency Assistance Program at Freedom House.

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Closing Remarks

Closing remarks by the cohosts Jacqueline Garrick LCSW-C BCETS SHRM-CP, Ari Danikas Non-traditional Advocate founder and CEO of Liberty of Speech, and Dr. Anna Damaskou CAMS CFE CGSS CIPPE CIPM & anti-corruption expert.

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