The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

85 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2012

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Mike Koehler

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Date Written: December 5, 2012


In the mid-1970s, Congress journeyed into uncharted territory. After more than two years of investigation, deliberation, and consideration, what emerged in 1977 was the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a pioneering statute and the first law in the world governing domestic business conduct with foreign government officials in foreign markets. This Article weaves together information and events scattered in the FCPA’s voluminous legislative record to tell the FCPA’s story through original voices of actual participants who shaped the law. As the FCPA approaches thirty-five years old, and as enforcement enters a new era, the FCPA’s story remains important and relevant to government agencies charged with enforcing the law, those subject to the law, and policy makers contemplating reform.

Keywords: FCPA, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Suggested Citation

Koehler, Mike, The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (December 5, 2012). Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 73, No. 5, 2012, Available at SSRN:

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