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Entries in OECD Convention (24)


The case for harmonized standards on facilitation payments

Reports that the UK Government is considering reviewing the Bribery Act’s approach to facilitation payments have been the subject of much controversy in the past few months. Beyond the geographical confines of the UK, the project should trigger a bigger discussion on the lack of harmonized standards on facilitation payments among OECD countries.

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We Now Give Thanks

I am thankful for my family and friends and for the many opportunities I have received in the USA. I am also thankful for my extended family at Transparency International who are passionately engaged in the fight
against corruption.

-- Shruti Shah

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OECD should protect against multi-country enforcement

Claiming international anti-corruption related fines, losses and profits will increasingly become a live issue as countries seek to enforce their own domestic and international anti-corruption laws.

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Are the OECD and UN Anti-Graft Conventions working?

Miller & Chevalier's Homer Moyer and James Tillen are among the speakers at an upcoming full-day conference called ‘The International Fight Against Corruption:  Are the OECD and UN Conventions Achieving their Objectives?’

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French court clarifies foreign bribery law, but restricts it

In July, the Paris Regional Criminal Court acquitted French oil company Total SA and its managers of foreign bribery charges in the infamous Oil For Food case.

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Transparency International’s Annual Progress Report 2013: Assessing Country Enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Transparency International (TI) released its ninth annual progress report on the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Tuesday.

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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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Brazil's President Dilma Takes a Stand

The ongoing saga of Brazilian anti-corruption reform has reached a glorious crescendo. On Thursday, President Dilma Rousseff exercised her line-item veto power (a power the U.S. president lacks) to selectively approve Brazil's Clean Company Act. As a result, this long-time party to the OECD Convention has adopted legislation that creates corporate liability for bribery, cooperation credit for voluntary disclosure, a potential penalty reduction for the existence of a compliance program, and a host of very serious penalties.

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Brazilian Democracy in Action

The protests of the Brazilian people have moved their Parliament to action. Late last week, after a protracted procedural history, the Brazilian Senate approved the Clean Company Act. It now goes to President Dilma Rousseff for final approval.

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The Richmond Research Guide: Updated

Not too long ago we announced the new University of Richmond Research Guide, a free online tool for conducting anti-bribery research. And we'd now like to thank the many readers who have suggested valuable additions.

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Brazil anti-corruption bill moves forward, sort of

A key vote has occurred in the Brazilian legislature on its anti-corruption bill, the Clean Company Act. And anti-corruption advocates may deem it only a partial success.

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For clues about global enforcement today, look to anti-corruption history

President Jimmy Carter signed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act into law in December 1977 (photo courtesy of Carter archives)The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention was signed in Paris in December 1997 and prohibited a specific form of active bribery: that of foreign public officials in international business transactions. 

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