International anticorruption has become increasingly “fashionable” among lawyers and policymakers: governments, international organizations, and technical experts all identify corruption as a serious impediment to comprehensive economic development. If left unchecked, corruption threatens to undermine the effectiveness of development initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Growing enforcement of legal instruments such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act have placed anticorruption squarely on the agenda of a wide variety of transnational organizations. With so many variant actors invoking the importance of anticorruption, lawyers must not only have a working knowledge of what corruption entails, but also understand how the development of an international anticorruption legal framework is changing the way business is conducted in a global economy.
This course explores the international legal framework of anticorruption, the scope of anticorruption instruments, the methodologies employed by international actors enforcing these instruments, and the policy dilemmas implicated by these endeavors.
Given the dynamic nature of anticorruption initiatives, the course presents an interdisciplinary, interactive approach to the subject matter. The class will introduce and discuss perspectives from academic texts, policy papers and media. It is hoped that this broad-based approach will provide students with a strong theoretical foundation in anticorruption law, foster a practical understanding of international anticorruption work, and inspire students to integrate this avenue of study into their future professional endeavors.
Students will complete a research paper 20-25 pages in length, and will also be asked to present their topic to the class during the last two course sessions.