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Blowing The Whistle On Bribery

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Professor Juliet Sorensen (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law) and Northwestern Law students David Hall and Kobby Lartey recently attended the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Vienna, Austria.  See here for more information on the Conference. This post is from David Hall.

This winter marks the 20th anniversary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Anti-Bribery Convention. The OECD plans to celebrate this milestone with the release of a new Study on the Detection of Foreign Bribery, examining the different ways of detecting bribery and creating a new set of best practices in investigation and detection. The full study won’t be available until December 12th, but the group previewed the study at this year’s Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption.

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Betting Against Corruption

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Professor Juliet Sorensen (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law) and Northwestern Law students David Hall and Kobby Lartey recently attended the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Vienna, Austria.  See here for more information on the Conference. This post is from David Hall.

If I were to tell you that a high ranking Italian government official and a Criminal Justice Officer from the UNODC were participating in a panel on international corruption, you might expect that the panel would focus on organized crime.

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Corruption & International Laws and Judgments

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Professor Juliet Sorensen (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law) and Northwestern Law students David Hall and Kobby Lartey recently attended the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Vienna, Austria.  See here for more information on the Conference. This post is from David Hall.

One of the most difficult barriers to enforcing anti-corruption regulations is that entities with the power to do so are often corrupt governments with no impetus to act. The” Corruption & International Laws and Judgments” event at this year’s Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption considered how to overcome this barrier. Its consensus was that effective anti-corruption regulation will require better processes through which those regulations are created, better review of their implementation, and enforcement which is capable of compelling state action. In addition, focusing on procedures which circumvent the common causes of corruption will help us to avoid negative externalities that incentivize the spread of corruption in the first place.

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Facilitation Payments Declared Illegal Under Canadian International Corruption Law

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Today’s post is from Toronto-based Bennett Jones attorneys Milos Barutciski, Matthew Kronby and Jessica Horwitz.

The government of Canada announced on October 30 that the exception allowing for facilitation payments under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) will be eliminated effective October 31, 2017.

The CFPOA was amended in 2013 to strengthen Canada’s international corruption law. Among other things, the 2013 amendments introduced nationality jurisdiction, thus making Canadian companies and citizens liable for corruption anywhere in the world, increased penalties for bribery from a maximum of 5 years imprisonment to 14 years and created a new books and records offence. These and other amendments came into force on June 19, 2013.

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ISO 37001 – Who Will Certify You?

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Numerous prior posts have highlighted various aspects of ISO 37001 (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). I’ve generally been critical of much ISO 370001 commentary given that it seems like the only ones championing ISO 37001 are those providing ISO 37001 certifications.

Beyond my general observations, I admit that much about ISO certifications (and the broader ISO world and its numerous acronyms) is confusing to me and perhaps to you a well.

Thus, when I saw recent social media activity by Peter Osmanski (Director at the Claro Group) about the subject, I invited him to publish this guest post in the hopes that it would educate others.

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