The Death Penalty: An Effective Anti-Corruption Mechanism?

5 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2015 Last revised: 23 Jun 2015

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Ehi Esoimeme

University of Wales System - Cardiff Law School

Date Written: June 21, 2015

Abstract

On the 17th of June 2015, members of a group named 'Voice of the Voiceless' stormed the Nigerian National Assembly and demanded a legislation that would prescribe death penalty as punishment for corruption in the country. In their opinion, there was no way Nigeria would make progress if corruption in public office was not brought under control.

This paper seeks to determine if the death penalty can curb corruption in Nigeria?

The paper begins with a measurement of the perceived level of corruption in countries where the death penalty is being applied. It compares the corruption score in those countries with that of the corruption score in countries who do not punish corruption via death penalty.

The paper will later examine certain measures that could pose a threat to the potential success of death penalty legislation.

Keywords: Corruption, Death Penalty, Plea Bargaining, Fair Hearing

Suggested Citation

Esoimeme, Ehi, The Death Penalty: An Effective Anti-Corruption Mechanism? (June 21, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2621268 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2621268

Ehi Esoimeme (Contact Author)

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