Topic: Corruption

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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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
First page of PDF with filename: corruption-that-kills-en-20180502.pdf
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
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-11-perdriel-20170612.pdf
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
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-5-messick-20160601_0.pdf
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
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-4-edmonds-jugnarain-20160505.pdf
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
First page of PDF with filename: against-odds-cicig-guatemala-20160321.pdf
Publication

Anti-Corruption Litigation in the Supreme Court of India

An examination of the role of India's Supreme Court in NGO efforts to expose and punish corruption involving high-ranking government officials.

February 2016 | Arghya Sengupta
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Publication

Standing Doctrine and Anticorruption Litigation: A Survey

A brief overview of the application of the doctrine of legal standing in a number of jurisdictions, and its implications for private anticorruption litigation.

February 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-2-20160202.pdf
Report

Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State

This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.

August 2015
First page of PDF with filename: broken-justice-mexicos-guerrero-state-eng-20150826.pdf
Briefing Paper

Repatriating Stolen Assets: Potential Funding for Sustainable Development

This background briefing was prepared for “We Want Our Money Back,” a civil society side-event at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, in July, 2015.

July 2015
First page of PDF with filename: repatriating-stolen-assets-background-20150727.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Criminal Complaint against Switzerland's Argor-Heraeus S.A.

The Justice Initiative is supporting a criminal complaint against a Swiss gold refiner, which accuses the company of illegally processing gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

November 4, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-pillage-case-summary-11042013.pdf
Publication

Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment

Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.

September 2013
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiatives-legal-empowerment-20140102.pdf
Fact Sheet

The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Overview in 15 Points

A 15-point summary of the Tshwane Principles, which address the question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to combat national security threats.

June 2013
First page of PDF with filename: tshwane-principles-15-points-09182013.pdf
Briefing Paper

Understanding the Tshwane Principles

A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.

June 12, 2013
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Publication

The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)

The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: global-principles-national-security-10232013.pdf
Publication

Arguments: Corruption as a Threat to the Rule of Law

Erica Razook, of the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that large-scale money-laundering is a threat to human rights and the rule of law.

March 2013 | Erica Razook
First page of PDF with filename: razook-pace-corruption-testimony.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and the Risk of Torture

Of the nearly ten million people in detention around the world, those held before trial or conviction are most at risk of torture.

February 2013
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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and Corruption

Locking up prisoners for extended periods while awaiting trial feeds corruption; bribes are needed for food and water, for blankets and even to see a lawyer.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Corruption 02142013.pdf
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