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Nicola Bonucci

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
Director of Legal Affairs
Paris, FRA


Nicola Bonucci is the Director of Legal Affairs with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. He originally joined the OECD in 1993 as a Legal Counselor, and served as Deputy Director from 2000 until becoming Director in 2005. He focuses on general public international law issues, participating in the negotiation of international agreements, interpreting the basic texts of the Organization, and providing legal opinions to the senior management (the Secretary-General and his Deputies), the Council (the governing body of the OECD), and its subsidiary bodies. Mr. Bonucci also handles the legal aspects of selected economic, environmental and agricultural issues for the OECD, and plays an active role in the drafting and the negotiation of any OECD act (Decisions and Recommendations). 

Since 1997 Mr. Bonucci has been closely involved in the monitoring and follow-up of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, serving as a representative of the Legal Directorate in the follow-up and monitoring of the Convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions. As Acting Head of the Anti-Corruption Division in 2004, he handled all management issues of the division, as well the substantive supervision of the staff involved with the monitoring of the Anti-Corruption Convention.  Mr. Bonucci was a member of the examining team performing on-site visits in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Italy and the UK , among other countries.

Mr. Bonucci is a regular speaker and lecturer in international conferences on corruption and is a contributor to the " OECD  Convention on Bribery - A Commentary" edited by Mark Pieth, Lucinda Low and Peter Cullen and  published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Bonucci served as a Legal Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in Rome, Italy for five years.  Mr. Bonucci holds a DEA in Public International Law  from the University of Paris X - Nanterre, a DESS in International Administration from the University of Paris II - Assas, and a Master of International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Bonucci is a member of the French and the Italian Societies of International Law.

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