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  May 8, 2003

A National Conference on “The Adjustment of the Brazilian Criminal Legislation to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption” will take place in Brasilia, Brazil, on May 8, 2003.

The meeting is being organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, through its Secretariat for Legislative Affairs.

This National Conference is part of a hemispheric initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS), in compliance with the mandates of the Summit of the Americas and of the OAS General Assembly aimed at promoting the adjustment of national criminal legislation to the provisions of the Convention and facilitate, as well, its application and implementation.

Participants from the public sector, including parliamentarians, civil servants and civil society, will examine a report prepared specifically for the meeting by Brazilian consultant, Dr. Luiz Regis Prado, and review draft legislation that will serve as a foundation for the discussions of the Conference.
The cooperative initiative to promote the implementation of the anti-corruption treaty is a continuation of programs the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation and Information launched in 1997 to combat corruption in the Americas. Brazilian Minister of Justice, Dr. Márcio Thomaz Bastos, will deliver the keynote address to inaugurate the meeting.

The Inter-American Convention against Corruption was adopted in Caracas, Venezuela, in March 1996 and entered into force a year later. To date it has been ratified by 29 out of the 34 active Member States.

Reference: E-107/03