Topic: Corruption

Voices

In fighting COVID-19, Sierra Leone Should Learn from Ebola Mistakes

As Sierra Leone works to contain the pandemic, there has not yet been a proper reckoning for the high-level corruption that tainted the country's ultimately successful battle against Ebola.

July 02, 2020 | Ikechukwu Uzoma
Woman in medical overalls looks at rubber gloves drying on racks
Voices

COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.

Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 27, 2020 | James A. Goldston
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Voices

How Mozambicans Shoulder the Burdens of Corruption

While substantial progress has been made in identifying those involved in Mozambique's debt scandal, more must be done to secure a fair outcome for every day citizens.

February 29, 2020 | Yassir Khudayri
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Litigation

Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law et al v. Sierra Leone

Two health-workers involved in efforts to combat the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, who themselves contracted and survived the virus, are seeking redress for deaths and damages caused by the corrupt diversion of million of international emergency relief funds.

Last update: January 31, 2020
Voices

Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.
Voices

Q&A: Mothers Are Leading the Search for Mexico’s Missing People

Mexico continues to break records for its rates of deadly violence and disappearances, but criminal accountability remains virtually absent. A group of mothers in the state of Coahuila have taken up their own fight for truth and justice.

August 22, 2019
A woman placing photographs on a street
Publication

Legal Remedies for Grand Corruption

This collection of essays explores how civil society groups have been taking innovative legal approaches to hold to account those responsible for high-level corruption, and looks at possible new strategies for the future.

June 07, 2019
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Voices

International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
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Voices

Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

May 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
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Report

Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.

May 2018
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Voices

Legal Troubles in Spain Loom for Equatorial Guinea’s Autocratic Ruler

The leading Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported that a long-running police investigation has exposed a series of corrupt arms deals carried out between Equatorial Guinea and Ukraine.

January 05, 2018 | Ken Hurwitz
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Litigation

TRIAL v. Argor-Heraeus S.A.

This complaint sought to initiate an official investigation by Swiss federal prosecutors into allegations that a Swiss gold refinery processed several tons of goal pillaged from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Last update: June 19, 2017
Voices

Why a Trial in Paris Marks a Milestone for Anticorruption Activists

The vice-president of Equatorial Guinea faces charges of investing funds in France misappropriated from the national treasury in a precedent-setting trial in France.

June 16, 2017 | Shirley Pouget
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue at a table
Publication

France’s Biens Mal Acquis Affair: Lessons from a Decade of Legal Struggle

Teodorin Obiang, vice president of Equatorial Guinea, is facing trial in Paris on money laundering and corruption charges—due almost entirely to a 10-year legal campaign by French anti-corruption groups.

May 2017
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Publication

South Africa: Public Trust Theory as the Basis for Resource Corruption Litigation

South Africa’s 1994 Constitution has led to statutes that incorporate the doctrine of public trust into environmental and natural resources law—strengthening potential legal remedies for challenging corruption.

August 2016
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Publication

Legal Remedies for Victims of Bribery under United States Law

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has enabled "follow on" claims from foreign governments and others who suffer losses as a result of corrupt dealings. But many questions about the status of such claims remain open.

June 2016
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Voices

Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

Mexico faces a deep national crisis of atrocity and impunity: extraordinary action is needed to address these crimes, and to strengthen the criminal justice system.

June 07, 2016 | Eric Witte
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Publication

Private Prosecutions: A Potential Anticorruption Tool in English Law

Private prosecution may offer opportunities in combating corruption, when the criminal actor is part of the state, and state actors may be reluctant to act.

May 2016
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Publication

Lessons from Qui Tam Litigation in the United States

Private whistleblower legal complaints, or qui tam actions, have been successful in the United States, but it is a challenging model to emulate.

April 2016 | David Kwok
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Report

Against the Odds: CICIG in Guatemala

The UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala offers a potentially powerful example of how to reinforce the rule of law in states beset by corruption and violence.

March 2016
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