Past eventDirector's Breakfast BriefingInvitation OnlyPartners and Major Corporates

Corruption, Free Expression and the Rule of Law: Stakes for Business and Democracy

2 March 2016 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Mark P Lagon, President, Freedom House; U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State (2007-2009)



Mark Lagon will draw from Freedom House’s annual global assessment of political and civil liberties to outline how a global pattern of semi-democratic and undemocratic states squeezing the space for civil society and free expression has, over the last few years, combined with a fraying rule of law to threaten not only good governance but business and economic growth around the world.

He will analyse research that indicates how, for 10 consecutive years, more nations are seeing a worsening in political and civil liberties protections than are seeing an improvement and that declines in rule of law and freedoms of expression and association are the major drivers behind such a trend. 

What are the causes of this decline in the rule of law?  How does such a decline undercut democratic governance?  How are the slump in China's economy and oil prices affecting these trends?  And what are the consequences for foreign investment, economic innovation and growth?

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Linda Bedford.