Friday, November 30, 2007

UK Law Commission Consultation on Bribery

The Law Commission in the United Kingdom is holding a consultation on how to reform that country's bribery and corruption laws.


"Our review considers the full range of structural options for a scheme of bribery offences. It takes into account the issues and views that have emerged since the introduction of the draft Bill in 2003. The review compares the law of England and Wales with the law operating in other jurisdictions and takes into account international conventions and the body of experience around their implementation".

"The review also looks at the wider context on corrupt practices to make it clear how existing provisions complement the law of bribery".
Earlier Library Boy posts about bribery and corruption include:
  • Political Corruption Resources (April 8, 2005): "Canada has been rocked by recent devastating testimony at the Gomery Commission hearings about alleged corruption in the administration of federal government advertising/sponsorship budgets. Many resources exist out there to track the phenomenon of political corruption on the international scale."
  • Gomery Report Resources (November 1, 2005): "The public trust in the system of government was subverted and betrayed, and Canadians were outraged, not only be cause public funds were wasted and misappropriated, but also because no one was held responsible or punished for his misconduct. [quote from the Phase 1 report of the Gomery Commission into the federal Liberal sponsorship scandal] Justice Gomery's report into the sponsorship mess was released this morning. Here are resources relating to the commission and its findings."
  • Lobbyist and Government Ethics Resources in the U.S. And Canada (January 12, 2006): "Last week, in a huge scandal that is reverberating through the halls of Capitol Hill in the United States, lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials, including high level Republicans in the Bush administration. The Washington Post has compiled a large collection of material on the case, including articles on topics such as the legality of lobbying and the relationship between Abramoff and political heavyweights."
  • Global Corruption Report 2006 (February 4, 2006): "Transparency International, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to combating corruption across the world, has just released its Global Corruption Report 2006. The major focus of this year's report is the impact of corruption in the healthcare sector in developing countries."
  • 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index (November 8, 2006): "The international NGO Transparency International just released its 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index, 'a composite index that draws on multiple expert opinion surveys that poll perceptions of public sector corruption in 163 countries around the world (...) It scores countries on a scale from zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and ten indicating low levels of perceived corruption'."
  • Government Ethics Watchdog Site Voted World's Best Blog (November 14, 2006): "The U.S.-based Sunlight Foundation website has been voted the world's best blog by an international jury put together by Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcasting service. DW, as it is known, is the equivalent of Radio Canada International... The Sunlight Foundation was founded in early 2006 to help U.S. citizens harness the power of digital technology to 'help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy' according to the Foundation website."
  • International Report on Judicial Corruption (June 8, 2007): "The international organization Transparency International recently released its Global Corruption Report 2007. This year's report takes a close look at judicial corruption around the world. Judicial corruption can involve outright bribery or political interference in the judicial process."

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