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The Challenges of International Bribery: The OECD Convention of 1997

Applicant Pieth Mark
Number 103739
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Juristische Fakultät Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Legal sciences
Start/End 01.04.2004 - 30.04.2006
Approved amount 227'399.00
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Keywords (14)

Corruption; Governance; Comparison; legal commentary; international; bribery; OECD; Convention; prevention; implementation; mutual; evaluation; comparison of law; soft law

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The subject matter of this study is the 1997 'OECD Convention on CombatingBribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business'. Thisconvention is crucial in the context of growing importance of theprevention of corruption as it contains the fundamental obligation onindustrialised states to criminalize the bribery of foreign publicofficials. Notwithstanding there is little concrete legal interpretativeanalysis on this Convention and its translation efforts into national lawworld-wide. Above all, there has been no authoritative attempt to commenton the standard from an independent, international vantage point, applyingaccepted research methods as used in international public and criminallaw. The project lead by the University of Basel will aim to fill thisgap. The outcome of the research is envisaged as being an analysis of theprocess and a legal Commentary on the OECD Convention 1997 and itsdomestic implementing laws. The final product will be of considerablepractical value to government and law enforcement agencies, corporatelawyers around the globe and the OECD itself. Indirectly, it could alsoinform the development of internal codes of conduct for companies engagedin international business transactions and contribute to raising thechances of sound development, especially in the South and in the East, andfair trading conditions amongst exporters.
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