Corruption risk, risk of corruption?
Distinguishing criteria between petty and high-ranking corruption'

101014783 — CRITCOR

The ‘Corruption risk, risk of corruption? Distinguishing criteria between petty and high-ranking corruption’ (101014783 — CRITCOR) project was funded by the European Union’s HERCULE III programme.” The CRICTOR will be implemented between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2022.


It is good to know where is the border between the legally defined and pursued corruption activities and the socially accepted ones. The question of the project is how the indicators of corruption in society and of corruption crimes that can be assessed in terms of criminal law relate to each other.

The project relies on four pillars:

  1. The kick off meeting will analyze the definition, forms, measuring, actors and language of corruption based on a grounding questionnaire. 
  2. The second workshop will be dealing with these topics, and by an intensive and common analysis of the adopted presentations it will discuss the topic of corruption with more details and by giving a deeper insight into it. 
  3. The third pillar training session uses world cafe method for legal practitioners. They discuss four case studies on corruption from different countries, in order to find out the important aspects for criminal justice professionals. 
  4. The final conference summarizes the results of the four pillars of the project.

By the time of the final conference two volumes (online) and a toolkit (online/printed) will be published. The results of a meta-analysis of a former study on high level corruption (done by the OKRI in 2018), and the results of a small new research (done by the members of this project) is going to be discussed in line with the protection of the financial interests of the EU at the workshop, the training, as well as at the final conference. About 270 people – criminal justice practitioners, academics and policy makers – will be directly involved in the project and benefit from the results, although the project targets beneficiaries more widely (national/international). This is achieved by volumes and a toolkit on corruption for assisting practitioners on a daily basis.