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Five LL.M. Graduates Appointed to Key Anti-corruption Positions

Sep 11, 2009
Five graduates of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law's LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, a program for young lawyers from developing democracies, were recently selected for key positions in the fight against corruption.

Masauko Chamkakala, a 2009 graduate from Malawi, was appointed to a two-year position with the Integrity Vice-Presidency of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he will join the new office created to combat fraud and abuse through the multi-billion-dollar development programs of the Bank. A previous legal advisor to the Parliament of Malawi, Chamkakala was selected as the Outstanding LL.M. Student at Ohio Northern's College of Law in 2009.

Four other graduates were recently appointed as lead researchers for their respective countries by Global Integrity, an international anti-corruption organization based in Washington, D.C. Alisher Karimov, a 2008 graduate from Tajikistan, Givi Kutidze, a 2007 graduate from Georgia, Selcan Mammadli, a 2009 graduate from Azerbaijan, and Liridon Shurdhani, a 2009 graduate from Kosovo, will lead national teams of journalists, social scientists and other experts in preparation of anti-corruption and good governance national-level assessments for the Global Integrity Report: 2009.

Global Integrity is an independent international nonprofit organization that monitors and promotes openness and accountability. It relies on a network of local experts in 92 countries to generate, synthesize and disseminate credible, comprehensive and timely information on governance and corruption trends around the world.

David Crago, dean of the College of Law, said that the leadership roles assigned to these recent LL.M. graduates are a real tribute to the work of professor Elena Helmer, who teaches the anti-corruption course, and the other LL.M. faculty. "After only four years, to have our LL.M. program recognized so quickly for its focus on real legal and government reforms speaks to the remarkable young lawyers who have graduated and the commitment they have taken back to the many different countries they represent," said Crago.

The LL.M. program has provided training for almost 40 young lawyers from 18 different countries in Africa, Europe and Asia.
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