Initiatives and Competitions

ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE COMPETITION FOR THE JORDANIAN UNIVERSITIES

                            

LGC in cooperation with The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI) and in partnership with Jordan Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission launched on March 18th 2018 an Anti-Corruption Case Contest to Jordanian universities addressing His Majesty King Abdullah’s II sixth Royal Discussion Paper: Rule of Law and Civil State. His Excellency Mohammed F. Al-Allaf, chairman of Integrity & Anti-Corruption Commission, will deliver the contest’s prizes to the winning teams.

Title of the case: The Rule of Law: A Prerequisite for Effective Corruption Deterrence and Prevention.

The Case Contest will take place annually.

For any inquiries and submission please e-mail us at: casecontest@lawgovcenter.com

The case emphasizes concepts and principles stated in His Majesty King Abdullah’s sixth
Royal Discussion Paper. Specifically, it highlights the following principles and pillars
included in it.

1- Rule of law: The essence of prudent state administration

(a) We cannot achieve sustainable  development, empower our creative youth or successfully execute our     development plans unless we develop state administration and enhance the rule of law through          strengthening the principles of justice, equality and transparency.

(b) All state institutions must, therefore, join efforts to improve administration processes and cement the rule     of law. This requires adopting a process of regular evaluation and advancement of individuals and     institutions to achieve the highest performance levels we aspire to.

(c) Rule of law is meant to ensure that principles of justice, equality, transparency and accountability are upheld      by all state institutions and community members, with no exception, especially officials in leading positions.     This needs to be translated into practices on the ground as there is not a single administration that can     continue with its reform efforts and enhance its performance without adopting rule of law as a constant     approach and key pillar in its work.

(d) Hesitation in applying the law in a just, transparent and competent manner leads to the loss of rights and     weakens people’s trust in state institutions. Leniency by some officials in upholding the law and safeguarding     the principles of integrity, transparency, justice and equality encourage some to continue violating the law,     creating room for corruption, and even undermining the country’s most vital pillar – good citizenship.

(e) Developing government administration is an ongoing process that requires constant review and evaluation.     Flaws and shortcomings must, therefore, be identified in order to be addressed.

(f) The principles of accountability and responsibility must be carved in as a core value in our national     institutions to be well observed by all levels in government administration. Public servants should be held     accountable for underperformance or negligence.

(g) A well-functioning system of accountability has prerequisites, foremost of which is that our institutions     adopt binding codes of conduct that govern the work and performance of institutions and authorities. Our     national institutions should also formulate a clear vision, action plans and goals. This will allow state     institutions to achieve their goals and measure progress and seek the highest standards of integrity and     transparency, as well as best quality of services provided to citizens.

(h) Effective oversight mechanisms.

2-Wasta and Nepotism

(a) Jeopardize development efforts. Wasta does not only impede the country’s progression, it erodes     achievements by undermining the values of justice, equal opportunity and good citizenship, which are the     enablers of development in any society.

(b) How can a generation brainwashed with sub-loyalties assume the responsibilities of protecting rule of law     or running national institutions?

(c) This challenge warrants a comprehensive national strategy on youth, devising programs designed by     experts and prominent institutions with the aim of cementing values of good citizenship, the state of law and     love of the country. These programs should also empower young people to realize their potential and     expand their horizons and immune them against extremist evil ideologies.
1. Engage Jordan universities' administrators, faculty and students in fighting corruption.

2. Engage Jordan universities' administrators, faculty, and students in discussing, understanding, and       innovating in implementing the concepts and principles stated in His Majesty King Abdullah’s sixth Royal     Discussion Paper.

3. Enhance students’ trust and confidence in state institutions and the rule of law
All Jordanian universities. The interested university will participate through one team of
its students. Each team will consist of three to five undergraduate and / or graduate
students. Participants are encouraged to form their teams from as many faculties as possible.
An administrative fee amounting to USD 1,000 (USD One Thousand) per participating university.
The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI) will assign 75% of the score as a result of reviewing students’ feedback. The highest three teams are then selected to defend their answers in a session attended by government officials from all ministries, and selected high profile business people and chamber of commerce. 25% of the score will be based on this session. As a result, the first, second, and third winners are determined.

1. What is corruption? What are the socioeconomic effects and costs of   
   corruption? (15 points)

2. Given His Majesty King Abdullah’s sixth Royal Discussion Paper, what is the relationship
   between corruption and the rule of law? (15 points)

3. Given His Majesty King Abdullah’s sixth Royal Discussion Paper, what are the necessary steps
   to be taken by both the government and the citizens to fight corruption? (15 points)

4. What should (15 points)

    A. The public sector do to prevent and deter corruption?

    B. The private sector do to prevent and deter corruption?

    C. Be the role of good governance in preventing and deterring corruption?

5. In your opinion, what universities should do to support the principles and pillars stated in His
   Majesty King Abdullah’s sixth Royal Discussion Paper? (15 points)

Caveat: This anti-corruption case is authored by The American Anti-Corruption Institute (AACI) as a contest for student teams of several Jordanian universities. Therefore, it is educational. The used people names are imaginary and do not refer to specific ones. Circumstances presented are also presumptive and are not necessarily available in reality!

Answer Sheet Guidelines

Language: Formal English.
Font: Times
Font size: 12
Spacing: 1.5-line spacing
Margin: Top and bottom: 1"; right and left: 0.5"
Maximum pages for each question answer: 3 pages.
Address the questions directly. Be precise and concise.
Plagiarism means ZERO and disqualification. Never Ever copy and paste from any source. If it is needed, please state your references on the last page of your answers submission using Harvard style.

1. Launch event: March 18, 2018 (Press release, conference, and distribution of mail to all Jordanian universities)

2. Deadline to receive administrative fee and confirmation of participation: June 18, 2018

3. Case distribution to participating universities: July 2, 2018

4. Deadline of case solution receipt: September 15, 2018

5. Meeting to defend questions answers October 16, 2018

6. Ceremony of declaring the contest results attended by the President of The American Anti- Corruption Institute (AACI): October 16, 2018
In a public defence before a high ranking experts committee chaired by his excellency Dr. Jawad Annani, the three teams who scored the highest grades out of the 75%, decided by The AACI, of the total grade will defend their case solutions on October 16, 2018 at Princes Sumayya University, Amman – Jordan. As a result, the AEC will rank the three winning teams into first, second, and third.

His Excellency Mohammed F. Al-Allaf, chairman of Integrity & Anti-Corruption Commission, will deliver the contest's prizes to the winning teams.

Covered by local and regional media, many stakeholders will attend this unprecedented event.
1- Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)

   Participating and hosting the defense and final ceremony.

 Participating universities are updated regularly and upon receiving written confirmation.