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Entries in Legislative History (62)


Andy Spalding: Corruption isn't someone else's problem

The FCPA is both a confession, and a conviction. We confess that corruption is not somebody else’s problem; it’s our problem. We do not point a finger; we look in the mirror.

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Judge Sporkin et al: The FCPA at 40 (Live and streaming on September 25)

Two of the key players in the events leading up to the FCPA’s enactment in 1977 -- Judge Stanley Sporkin and Jack Blum -- will be part of a panel talking about the FCPA’s historical underpinnings and ongoing significance.

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Thanks, Mr. President, for giving us a better future

Kudos to the FCPA Blog headline writer who "visited the ghost of the FCPA past" in a post about the Senate's great debate of the bill that became the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It is good that an event so momentous (given our current ongoing battle with corruption) can generate such a humorous headline so many years later.

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For New Year's Eve, we visit with the ghost of the FCPA past

President Jimmy Carter signed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act into law on December 19, 1977. In adopting the bill that would become the FCPA, the Senate listed its reasons for wanting to outlaw corrupt payments to foreign officials to obtain or retain business. We think those reasons are as valid today as they were then.

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Avoiding neomercantilist fallacies when thinking about the FCPA

Readers of the FCPA Blog are no strangers to the heightened attention recently paid to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Much of that attention, unfortunately, comes from a neomercantilist perspective.

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Why FCPA history matters: ‘Congress was distraught’ 

President Jimmy Carter addresses Congres in 1977Joseph Sigelman, the former co-CEO of PetroTiger Ltd., is the latest defendant to argue that employees of state-owned enterprises aren't "foreign officials" under the FCPA. He was charged in May with bribing an official at Ecopetrol SA, Colombia’s state-controlled oil company, and defrauding PetroTiger by taking kickbacks.

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In defense of the Caldwell Doctrine (in reply)

Yesterday's post on Leslie Caldwell's vision of the FCPA elicited a number of comments. And I do love a good back-and-forth.

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In defense of the Caldwell Doctrine

Image courtesy of C-Span via YoutubeAs the FCPA Blog reported last week, DOJ criminal division chief Leslie Caldwell recently gave an important talk at Duke Law School in which she laid out her vision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Her vision is compelling, and important, in so many ways. I rise in defense of one of them.

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A scholar comes to our rescue

Dear FCPA Blog,
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. I follow the FCPA Blog, as I have been researching in the areas of transnational crime and corruption, and especially transnational bribery, for quite some time. (My PhD thesis (2005) was on compliance with the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.)

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Wal-Mart’s Victims, Part XXII (Conclusion): A Plea

We’ve shown in the last two posts (here and here) how the Supplemental Transparency Project retains the punitive and deterrent effect of criminal penalties while still advancing the goals of international commerce. But what’s in it for the host countries, whose citizens are bribery’s true victims?

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Wal-Mart’s Victims, Part XIX: Why the U.S. Government Should Want the STP  

We’re in the home stretch now on this series, in which we’ve explored how the FCPA can better serve its original purpose of promoting values and building institutions in developing countries.

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Wal-Mart's Victims Part V: What the World Needs Now

Thursday’s landmark  Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum has more relevance to the FCPA and Wal-Mart than you might think.

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