Module leader: Dr Luke R. A. Butler / Dr Marianne Wade
Teaching and assessment (2018-19): 1 x 3 hour examination
Corruption is a consistent feature of all legal systems but it is rarely systematically studied. This module takes an innovative intra-disciplinary approach, exploring corruption as a concept and how it is legally regulated in a range of criminal and commercial contexts.
At a theoretical level, the module will explore inter alia notions of a “culturally-specific” phenomenon and what constitutes an effective regulatory approach for a quasi-criminal/commercial concept.
In substantive terms, at the domestic level, the module will examine the regulation of corruption in commercial law (for example, the regulation of bribes and secret commissions in breach of fiduciary duties). At the European and international levels, the module will examine particularly UN legislation and associated programmes, as well as EU and Council of Europe legal and practical provision to anti-corruption efforts, the regulation of corruption in international trade law, for example, in the field of public procurement where corruption is a major risk (EU and WTO). It will also examine corruption in the context of international investment law.
In order to provide for deeper understanding of the phenomena and why efforts to combat it have thus far failed, detailed examination of forms of corruption – public and private – as well as the practices, industries and crimes facilitated by it, will be undertaken.