Standing Doctrine and Anticorruption Litigation: A Survey

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February 2016

In recent years, a range of private citizens and civil society organizations have become more active in going to court directly to challenge grand corruption. But their ability to do so depends on the court in question recognizing their legal right to be heard—their standing.

This paper seeks to provide a brief overview of standing doctrine in a number of jurisdictions, and its implications for private anticorruption litigation. 

Written by Professor Mathew Stephenson of Harvard Law School, this is the first in a series of papers examining the challenges and opportunities facing civil society groups that seek to develop innovative legal approaches to expose and punish grand corruption.

This project has been developed from a day of discussions on the worldwide legal fight against high-level corruption organized by the Justice Initiative and Oxford University’s Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, held in June 2014.

Professor Stephenson teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, anti-corruption law, and political economy of public law. His research focuses on the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, anti-corruption, judicial institutions, and separation of powers.

He is also the editor-in-chief of the Global Anticorruption Blog


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