The list of 12 candidates for the Public Council of International Experts has been published

International organizations provided the High Qualifications Commission of Judges with information about 12 candidates for election to the Public Council of International Experts, which will assist the Commission in conducting a competitive selection of judges for the High Anti-Corruption Court.

With 12 proposed candidates, the HJQC will select six members of the PCIE who will serve on the board for two years.

The candidates for the Public Council of international experts:

GUTAUSKAS, Aurelijus. Judge of the Supreme Court. Experience in judicial work, specialization in criminal law, organized crime, judicial ethics and discipline. Head of the Department of Criminal Proceedings and the Commission on Judicial Ethics and Discipline. Expert MONEYVAL and GRECO, a former member of the commission for examining candidates for the General Prosecutor’s Office.

DENKER, Flemming C. Former deputy state prosecutor in the Office for the Investigation of especially important economic crimes. He worked as a prosecutor, a lawyer. Specialization: corruption and economic crimes. Former member of GRECO, Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Panel on Corruption and Group on Monitoring the Implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption.

ESCOBAR MEJIA, Claudia. Former judge of the Court of Appeal. Experience of conducting legal proceedings on specialization in cases related to virtue and corruption. She submitted a resignation after exposing an attempt to corrupt the influence on the process of judicial appointments. Actively involved in promoting the development of the rule of law and fighting corruption by strengthening the independence of judges. She received the Democracy Award for contribution in democracy development from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for her commitment to the fight against corruption and support for human rights.

ZARZECZNY, Ted. Judge of the King’s Bench Court in Saskatchewan, Canada. Experience as a prosecutor, a lawyer. Specialization: criminal and civil law, corruption, fraud, criminal conspiracy. In the past, he served as a state prosecutor. Took part in an educational project for judges in Ukraine. Former co-chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Society (lawyers’ association), which ensures compliance with the requirements of the Code of Professional Virtue and Ethical Standards.

CASTRESANA FERNANDEZ, Carlos. Head of the criminal law department in a law firm. He has experience in the positions of prosecutor, judge, and lawyer. Specialization: economic criminal law, corruption, human rights. Former head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, created by the United Nations. Member of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Council (IACAC) in Ukraine.

KESSLER, Giovanni. former chairman of the Customs and Monopolies Agency of the Italian Republic. The experience of maintaining public prosecution. Specialization: fraud and corruption. Former Director General of the European Anti-Corruption Bureau. Member of the competition committee for selection of candidates for the post of head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Member of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Council in Ukraine.

CORDY, Robert J. Retired judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts (USA). Experience as a prosecutor and a judge. Specialization: fight against corruption, legal support of professional ethics. Member of the State Ethics Commission. Former Head of the Federal Office for Combating Corruption in the public sphere. He promoted the role of judicial ethics and the rule of law in the work of judges from different countries, in particular Ukraine. Robert J. Cordy has given lections in criminal law at the Harvard Law School.

LAZAROVA TRAJKOVSKA, Mirjana. Former chairman of the First Section of the European Court of Human Rights. Experience of judicial work. Specialization: human rights, constitutional issues and issues related to corruption. In the past, she worked as a judge of the Constitutional Court and a member of the Venice Commission. For three years at the ECHR, she was the sole judge in cases concerning Ukraine. Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska has headed the State Election Commission.

TRUSSLER, Marguerite J. Ethics Commissioner in Alberta (Canada). Experience as a judge and a lawyer. Specialization: criminal law, ethics, fraud, corruption. Former judge of the Royal Court of Justice. Evaluation of ethics, conflicts of interest, and preventing corruption among public servants.

FIRESTONE, Thomas. Lawyer. He has experience in prosecution and advocacy. Specialization: corruption and organized crime. In-depth knowledge of production features in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. He has worked in the composition of the competition commission, which elected the head of the Agency for the search and management of assets. He held the position of Permanent Representative for Legal Affairs at the US Embassy in the Russian Federation (Moscow).

HARRIS, Lorna. Retired British Attorney. Specialization: anti-corruption, money laundering and fraud, in particular at the international level. In the past, she headed the department of international cooperation and the department for the return of assets in civil production as part of the Royal Chancellery (a department of the Royal Bench Court). She worked in the Bureau of the fight against fraud on a large scale and in the prosecution service of Scotland. He headed a committee of experts, developed the Council of Europe Convention on Money Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of Criminally Income, and on the Financing of Terrorism.

HOOPER, Sir Anthony. Retired appellate court judge. Experience in legal proceedings with a specialization in the field of asset recovery (confiscation) in the framework of criminal and civil proceedings, in particular the confiscation of proceeds from corruption. He worked as a judge of the criminal and civil divisions of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. He was appointed a member of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He has given a training course for judges on the preservation and confiscation of proceeds from crime or corruption.

The list of organizations that recommended candidates: Council of Europe, European Union, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Public Council of International Experts (GRME) is a special subsidiary body of the High Qualification Commission of Judges. It is formed for six years. The goal is to assist the SACC in preparing decisions regarding the appointment of anti-corruption judges. Board members are elected for two years without the re-election option.

Six persons proposed by international organizations with which Ukraine cooperates in the field of preventing and combating corruption in accordance with international treaties will assist the High Qualification Commission in determining compliance with the criteria for the integrity of candidates for the Anti-Corruption Court.