The Pro Bono Global Anti-Corruption University Project (GAUP)
The Pro Bono Program is part of the Global Anti-Corruption University Project, an initiative that consists of building a network of Canadian and international universities offering similar pro bono initiatives focussing on anti-bribery and anti-corruption.
The Pro Bono program is supported by Transparency International Canada and by a number of organizations. The RCMP is collaborating on this project and encourages businesses to obtain professional advice and assistance.
What is the Pro Bono Program?
The program matches graduate students from Law and MBA programs and participants in CCEAC Certificate Programs, with SMEs or NGOs/charities operating globally, and seeking assistance in developing and implementing their own anti-corruption program. The Pro Bono program also assists international organizations like the UN Global Compact Network Canada to develop anti-corruption public education tools.
SMEs or NGOs/charities who do not have the capacity and financial resources to secure anti-corruption lawyers or professionals may be eligible for CCEAC’s pro bono anti-corruption program. This program aims to assist Canadian SMEs operating globally to comply with Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) and other relevant anti-corruption legislation such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.K. Bribery Act.
Key partners of the program at the University of Ottawa include the Telfer MBA academic program and theBusiness Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law.
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and industry association, provides assistance in promoting the program and identifying potential SMEs for participation in the program.
How does it work?
Participants in the Pro Bono Program typically work in small groups, supervised by a lawyer, professor, or experts with recognized knowledge in anti-corruption. The Pro Bono team will meet at regular intervals with the SME or NGO/charity and jointly develop an anti-corruption framework specifically adapted to that particular organization. Students and participants work in teams of up to 10, and are expected to each spend 3 hours per week for 6 to 12 weeks with their client. The SME or NGO/charity thus benefits from anywhere between 500 and 1,000 hours of pro bono work by graduate students performed under the guidance of a recognized expert.
Ongoing pro bono consulting projects
JCM Capital – a global clean energy developer
UN Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Canada – education services on anti-corruption.