Exhibition was presented at the nternational conference "Strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure integrity: united against corruption" in Šibenik

Zorislav Antun Petrović, dr.sc. Kristian Turkalj

Exhibition „Good old laws“ by Zorislav Antun Petrović, project coordinator of Institute for Culture and Ethics, was presented at the nternational conference "Strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure integrity: united against corruption", which took place in croatian city Sibenik on October 15th and 16th. Conference, organised in colaboration of the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the CoE and the Croatian Ministry of Justice, was attended by some 250 senior policy makers and experts from around the world. Among others participants were 15 ministers of justice. They all had a chance to see the exhibition that promotes interesting anticorruption stipulations in medieval legal acts created on territory of Croatia. Exhibition, based on a book “Curbing Corruption in Croatia in Middle Ages”, promotes solutions that passed the test of time and which can be still, despite the fact they are centuries old, used in any modern public administration to decrease corruption risks.

Exhibition was set up first in Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on September 15th 2015. and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović opened it. Since then it was presented in Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, European Parliament in Brussels, and then it toured Zadar, Karlovac, Split, Korčula, Pag, Krk, Omišalj, Malinska, Vrbnik, Cres, Vukovar, Šibenik and Trogir.

March 1st 2018.

Anticorruption education through project „Curbing Corruption in Croatia in Middle Ages” for the elementary and high school pupils starts again for the third time with the support of Ministry of Science and Education. Since this project was supported by the Ministry for the first time in school year 2015/16 more then 50 lectures were organised in more then 20 schools throughout Croatia.

This year project started in Slavonija: first lection was organised in elementary school Drenje, one of the least developed municipalities in Croatia, and then moved to Vukovar Gimnasyum. Further lectures are planned in Petrinja, Rijeka, Zagreb, Zlatar, Čakovec, Šibenik, Trogir, Omiš and Vela Luka. Lectures are accompanied with the exhibition „Good Old Laws“ which is now expanded with 6 new exhibits.

Ministry of Science and Education supported with 50.000 kuna and further 5.000 kuna is support from the municipalities and 2.000 kuna is from the Institute for Culture and Ethics.

December 9th 2017.

Faculty of Law in Zagreb

After two years and more then 20 shows throughout Croatia exhibitoni „Good old laws“ is expanded with new exibits based on the book “Curbing Corruption in Croatia in Middle Ages”.

Igor Gliha, Željko Jovanović,

Anamarija Musa, Zorislav Antun Petrović

„This exhbition is good example of something totally different from common thinking that people in Croatia see corruption almost as something normal, since it shows that the awareness of corruption, need for anticorruption action and good regulation existed through the century“, said professof Igor Gliha, dean of Law School of Zagreb University.

Infomation Commissioner Anamarija Musa emphasized that exibitions shows that before 800 years ancient Croats, both nobles and citizens, were aware that corruption is a part of human nature and it should be curbed with good legislation and institutions. Those institutions should open to the public eye everything that is in a public interest and that way prevent something murky to take place in dark and close area. „This shows stipulation from the Statute of Korčula from 1265, the oldest one, that says: whenever something written comes to the Council and the management of Korčula, and the Council is not in a session at a time, management should together with the councillors who hapen to be in the city entitled to get those letters open and the city chancellor should read it'", said Infomation Comissioner and reminded that today public bodies in Croatia very often deny access to information for peculiar reasons.

Željko Jovanović, president of the Nactional Council for tracking implementation of Anticorruption Strategie“ reminded that most of Croatian citizens recognizes judiciary as the key problem in a fight with the corruptio and expressed hope that the future generations of the Law School will be more successful when it comes to curbing corruption. „We can learn from the history how to prevent corruption to destroy the entire society“, said Jovanović.

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