Corruption and International Development (LAWS6301)


Anti-corruption efforts have continued to grow rapidly in recent years prompted both by international developments, such as the UN Convention Against Corruption, the OECD Bribery Convention and the UK's 2010 Bribery Act, as well as by popular demand, domestically, for integrity in government. The spectrum of methods for dealing with the problem of corruption in the government sector now includes international cooperation, law enforcement, administrative instruments, system design, behavioural change, professional ethics, and transparency mechanisms created by activists and civil society. This unit is an introduction to the array of domestic and international approaches currently applied to address the complex nature of corruption including the intersection between the private and public sectors, (especially as regards the actions and impact of corporations), and increasing efforts to control corruption through aid and development programs. It is intended to have a practical focus, comprising discussion of the pressures, precedents and scandals that influence public policy choices about anti-corruption against the theoretical and historical background to current initiatives, including whether and how to combat corporate corruption domestically and overseas. Relevant themes to be considered include the impact of scandals on shaping initial laws, policies and instruments, the effect of political pragmatism and ideology, difficulties of policy evaluation and outcome measurement, and the implementation challenges posed by context. Specific cases will be used to demonstrate the reasons for controlling corruption, the types of corruption usually targeted by prevention measures and common methods of corruption control in law and practice.

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Aug 8, 9 & 15, 16 (9-5)


class participation including class presentation (30%) and 5000wd essay (70%)

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