Fordham Law

Dean William Treanor Speaks at Historic Conference in Ukraine

June 20, 2009

Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor recently gave testimony before the Ukranian parliament in Kiev and spoke at a press conference with leading international experts on anti-corruption legislation. The event highlighted the importance of the development of a code of professional ethics for government officials and helped support major anti-corruption legislation introduced earlier in May by Ukrainian members of parliament.

Dean Treanor's address focused primarily on conflict of interest and financial disclosure legislation and the goals and benefits of such legislation. Dean Treanor explained that strong ethics regulations are important for the rule of law, democratic legitimacy, and economic growth of a country.

"Professional ethics ensures that all citizens have equal access to the government," Dean Treanor said in his speech. "It means that government is not just for the benefit of those who pay for its services, who pay to get special treatment from the courts, from the police, or from others in the government; rather, it benefits all citizens equally. This is a bedrock principle of the rule of law, under which all citizens are equal before the law."

The event took place in the Ukrainian parliament and included a speech from Drago Kos, president of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe.


Contact: Stephen Eichinger