Corruption and the Bribery Bill 2009

Nowadays, in the brave new world of globalisation, monitoring is omnipresent, and few countries are bold or foolhardy enough to legislate indifferent to how such formulations will be received. Not only legislation but also policing (not just police) resources and prosecutions/regulation are under scrutiny. 

StAR, asset recovery and the global toolbox against corruption

Recent events in the Arab World have shown that in the wake of civil chaos, kleptocratic elites often perpetrate economic crimes for personal gain. Fortunately, the international community holds one more tool in its global toolbox to help fight the impunity that is so often associated with grand corruption: the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative.   

 

Book Review: ‘The Money Problem: Rethinking Financial Regulation’ by Morgan Ricks

Morgan Ricks’s Money Problem is unusual in that it presents the creation of money by banks in simple but detailed terms that should be...

Mervyn King: ‘The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future ...

Lord Mervyn King served as the governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013, giving him a ringside seat to the financial...

Fighting International Corruption – Canadian Law Initiatives

Canada has long had laws prohibiting public corruption within its borders and more recently has enacted legislation respecting corruption of foreign officials. This paper outlines and discusses Canadian approaches to international public corruption by considering Canadian adherence to international conventions, Canadian law per se and ... 

Using data to understand the world economy

The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens Gabriel Zucman, (Chicago 2015). The Public Wealth of Nations: How Management of Public Assets Can Boost...

Corruption:A global problem requiring global solutions

The role of reputable centres is frequently exaggerated by the media, politicians, onshore regulators and law enforcement, international agencies and (not least) religious/charitable organisations, sometimes with misconceived, misguided or misdirected agendas and numbers picked off a dart board

Global corruption: Where do we stand?

Many of us have a notion of corruption that is framed by images of envelopes filled with money that business people or their intermediaries give to public officials to gain an undue advantage in contracting, licensing and other business-related processes in all corners of the world. 

History, experience and workings of the Basel Institute on Governance

Initially devoted to developing and promoting compliance industry standards, the Basel Institute on Governance then expanded its activities into anti-money laundering, compliance systems for the private sector, policy advice in the area of anti-corruption ...

Book Review: Will blockchain remake accounting, the internet and the world?

Civilization is founded on trust. A welter of research over the past two decades has shown that high trust societies grow more rapidly than...

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi: ‘The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption’

Corruption is a major factor impeding economic development and growth, good governance and the rule of law. Efforts to illuminate or at least greatly...
A copy of Judicial Fortitude, by Peter Wallison, sitting on a shelf

Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance To Rein In the Administrative State, by Peter Wallison

Peter Wallison is a rarity in public life. He has been both a high-level government official in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and...

Fighting impunity: Recent international asset recovery efforts to combat corruption

While useful steps are being made by the international community to produce asset recovery policy papers and knowledge products, this should not overshadow the important advances conducted in prosecutors’ offices, law firms, justice ministries and court houses around the world.
 

Book Review: Flat tax in Bulgaria: History, introduction, results

Institute for Market Economics1 Estonia became the first European country to introduce a flat tax on income when it collapsed a progressive rate structure for...
The book The tragedy of Kabul Bank on s ahelf.

The tragedy of Kabul Bank

When Kabul Bank was put into conservatorship in early September 2010, its $1.3 billion dollar balance sheet represented one third of total bank deposits...