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Note: This is a review of the updated 4th Edition which can be found here https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/handle/1828/13759. The 1252-page text covers an expansive range of anti-bribery and corruption issues in a format that is useful for... read more
Note: This is a review of the updated 4th Edition which can be found here https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/handle/1828/13759.
The 1252-page text covers an expansive range of anti-bribery and corruption issues in a format that is useful for students as well as practitioners. In the preface to the first edition, the author states the intention for future editions to contain an index. The 4th edition does not yet contain and index, but the PDF format is easily searchable.
The content is accurate and unbiased. It is thoroughly researched and meticulously annotated.
The law is everchanging and ideally the text would be updated annually. However, given the ambition of the scope and coverage of the text, it is impressive that the four editions were updated and published in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022. Moreover, the highly structured organization of the text and the comprehensive footnotes make it easy for content in any section to be updated with further research by the user.
The writing is very clear. The 6-page table of acronyms is helpfully located in the beginning of the text. Charts, tables, and figures are used throughout to clearly present information.
The text is internally consistent in its usage of terminology and framework. Most chapters begin with an introduction and many end with a conclusion. The main sources of law are discussed in the same order in each relevant section.
Each chapter is well organized and covers a distinct topic. Within each chapter, the main topics and subtopics are descriptively titled and clearly enumerated.
The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion. Most chapters begin with a helpful introduction or overview and many end with a conclusion. Generally, the material is organized starting with international conventions such as the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the OECD Bribery of Foreign Officials Convention (OECD Convention), and then the relevant laws in the US, UK, and Canada. This parallel structure, along with an excellent table of contents, makes the text easy to navigate.
The text is only available in PDF form thus there are no interface problems. The Table of Contents in the 4th Edition allows the reader to hyperlink jump to the corresponding page for the chapter titles and the section headings.
The Table of Contents is also bookmarked to allow quick transitions from one section to another in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Furthermore, the PDF is also easily searchable for terms using the Find tool
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive. It focuses on international standards and the laws of the United States and the United Kingdom because they are influential jurisdictions. It also covers Canadian law because the original author, Gerry Ferguson, is a Canadian legal scholar and teacher. His original purpose was to create a resource to make it easier for Canadian professors to offer a law school course on global corruption. At the time of the first edition in 2015, no Canadian law school had such a course.
Table of Contents
- Table of Acronyms
- About the Editor
- Contributing Authors and Co-Authors
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- Chapter 1 - Corruption in Context: Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions
- Chapter 2 - Bribery and Other Offences
- Chapter 3 - Jurisdiction, Corporate Liability, Accomplices, and Inchoate Offences
- Chapter 4 - Money Laundering
- Chapter 5 - Asset Recovery and Mutual Legal Assistance
- Chapter 6 - Investigation and Prosecution
- Chapter 7 - Criminal and Civil Sanctions and Remedies
- Chapter 8 - The Lawyer's Ethical and Professional Duties
- Chapter 9 - Compliance Programs, Risk Assessments, and Due Diligence
- Chapter 10 - Public Officials and Conflicts of Interest
- Chapter 11 - Regulation of Lobbying
- Chapter 12 - Public Procurement
- Chapter 13 - Whistleblower Protections
- Chapter 14 - Campaign Finance: Controlling the Risks of Corruption and Public Cynicism
- Chapter 15 - Collective Action
- Chapter 16 - The Role of NGOs
Ancillary MaterialSubmit ancillary resource
About the Book
This book has been specifically created to make it easier for professors to offer a law school course on global corruption. It is also designed as a resource tool for all persons working in the anti-corruption field. The book is issued under a creative commons license and can be used for free in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes. The first chapter sets out the general context of global corruption: its nature and extent, and some views on its historical, social, economic and political dimensions. Each subsequent chapter sets out international standards and requirements in respect to combatting corruption – mainly in the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the OECD Bribery of Foreign Officials Convention (OECD Convention). The laws of the United States and United Kingdom are then set out as examples of how those Convention standards and requirements are met in two influential jurisdictions. Finally, the law of Canada is set out. Thus, a professor from Africa, Australia, New Zealand or English speaking countries in Asia and Europe has a nearly complete coursebook – for example, that professor can delete the Canadian sections of this book and insert the law and practices of his or her home country in their place. While primarily directed to a law school course on global corruption, this book will be of interest and use to professors teaching courses on corruption from other academic disciplines and to lawyers and other anti-corruption practitioners.
About the Contributors
Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Victoria and creator and author of Canada’s first global corruption law course and law book: Global Corruption: Its Regulation under International Conventions, US, UK, and Canadian Law and Practice. For more information, see the “About the Editor” page.