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4th conference

Academia against Corruption in the Americas (ACA)

What do we know about corruption in the Americas? What lessons can we learn from the anti-corruption efforts in various countries? How can we teach the next generation of public servants, businesspeople, and social entrepreneurs to break the cycle of corruption?

The fourth Academia against Corruption in the Americas (ACA) Conference will be held online on May 14-15, 2021. As the title suggests, this is a forum for the academic anti-corruption community to share research results and teaching experiences. 


Join us for the 2021 Academia against Corruption in the Americas Conference, May 14-15!

ACA has three main goals

The first day of the conference be in English; the second day will be in Spanish. 

Conference Agenda

Friday, May 14, 2021
Academia against Corruption in the Americas

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Academia against Corruption in the Americas

MAY, 2021



8:40 AM - 9:00 AM


Alejandro Poiré, Dean
School of Social Sciences and Government
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Welcome message:

Bonnie J. Palifka, Director and founder of ACA, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Keynote address:

Dr. Michael Johnston

Professor Emeritus, Colgate University

“The Beast with Many Faces: Confronting Corruption in its Full Complexity”

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee break

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Using data to understand corruption.

Samuel Mamede, “Corruption, Immigration and Refugees: new determinants in the capital structure of companies”

Talia Garza Garza, “Corruption in the Mexican Police: links between organized crime, the municipal and state police forces in the north of Mexico”

Zack Zimbalist, Theodore Kahn, “How do local public spending decisions shape corruption perceptions? Evidence from Mexico “

10:15 AM - 11:45 PM

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Academia against Corruption in the Americas |  PRESENTATIONS IN ENGLISH

Peer-reviewed presentations

Coffee break

Legal aspects of corruption

Camilo Jara–Villalobos, Ricardo Lilo, “The ´speed money´ in judicial proceedings: How the delay of trials increases corruption in Courts”

Mario Jorge, Maria Trombini, “A mixed methods approach to investigate and measure legal corruption in Brazil.”

Raquel Pimenta, Catherine Greene, “The Regulation of Conflict of Interest in Argentina and Brazil”

How is policy made?

Elizangela Valarini, Markus Pohlmann, “The Mindsets behind Anti-Corruption Policies – The Case of Brazil´s Judiciary”

Fernanda Odilla, Alice Mattoni, “Digital media, activism, and social movements´ outcomes in the policy arena: the case of two anti-corruption mobilizations in Brazil” 

Guillaume Fontaine, Taymi Milán, Alejandro Hernandez-Luis, “Four Models of Causation in the Design of Anti-Corruption Policies”

Rogelio Leal, “Seeking Political Transparency through the Chinese Sage”

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Coffee break

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Closing observations from day 1

Gabriel Aguilera, Dean, Northern Region, School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Mexico City time

Anticorruption measures


Stephen Morris, “A framework for the Analysis of Anticorruption during the Administration of López Obrador.” 

Nicolás Jaramillo, “Balancing representation and political financing: the regulations of competing legal and illegal organizations and resources in Colombia.”

Manoel Gehrke Ryff Moreira, Luciano Da Ros, “Politicians on Trial: Causes and Consequences of Convictions for Corruption”

MAY, 2021




María de los Ángeles Estrada, Director of the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Initiative (ITAC), Tecnológico de Monterrey

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote address:

Issa Luna Pla

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


“Corporate corruption networks: using complex sciences to define, predict and control” 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

The role of anticorruption public policies 


Amós García Montaño, “Towards reasonable public policies: The case of the National Anticorruption Policy in Mexico”

Carolina Maglione, “The luck of the guarantees in the fight against corruption” 

Pedro Martín Páez Bimos, “Corruption and lack of prison Transparency: A reality that especially affects migrants.” 

Wilson Sandoval, “How to determine and classify, and later contribute to overcome the corruption practices in the Salvadoran Executive Body?”

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Peer-reviewed presentations

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Teaching anti-corruption 

Alegria Donoso, Gisela Montalvo, Edgar Alberto Zamora, Pablo Estrella, Bárbara Terán, “Young people´s perception of corruption and their proposals to confront it. Pilot study with young university students in Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador” 

Citalli Sánchez Hernández, Mariana Perales Soto, “How to teach with integrity?: A Learning experience for Mexican teachers.” 

Evangelina Tapia Tovar, Magaly Alejandra Orenday Tapia, “Cheat to get ahead? The educational experience of Humanist Training with university students”

Coffee break


Factors that influence the effectiveness of anticorruption 

Dagoberto Herrara Murillo, Karl Aase, Alejandra Álvarez, “Using graph databases to diagnose integrity problems in the public contracting processes of the Costa Rica Judicial Power.” 

Jorge Isaac Lechuga Cardozo, “Assesment of corporate bribery risk in countries of the Pacific Alliance”


José Luiz Hernández Mota, “¿Puede la Acción Colectiva Combatir la Corrupción?” 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mesa Redonda: Enseñando la anticorrupción

Stephen Morris, UNAM/Middle Tennessee State University, moderador

Vicente Monteverde, Universidad de Moron (Argentina)

Edison Tabra Ochoa, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP)

Claudia Escobar Mejia, BeJUST


Ximena Benavides, Yale University

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing remarks,
Bonnie J. Palifka

Academia against Corruption in the Americas |  PRESENTATIONS IN SPANISH

Mexico City time

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