A Commentary on the Globalization of Foreign Corrupt Practices Law

10 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2019

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Ralph Folsom

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: 2019


Foreign and domestic corrupt practices are embedded in many nations of the world. The law of foreign corrupt practices owes its origins primarily to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA). Two decades later, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adopted a Convention combating bribery of foreign public officials largely applicable to developed nations. In 2005, the United Nations Convention against Corruption expanded the anti-corruption campaign to much of the globe. The British Bribery Act of 2010 eclipsed these forerunners in severity and scope. The OECD and U.N. Conventions, and the British Bribery Act, alleviate the lonely U.S. position on corruption, and magnify the need for extensive compliance programs. Law and practice on foreign corrupt practices has gone global.

Keywords: nternational Business Transactions Practitioner Treatise; Principles of International Trade Law; Principles of European Union Law; Principles of International Litigation and Arbitration; NAFTA, Free Trade and Foreign Investment in the Americas; Foreign Investment Law; State Antitrust Laws; Accord de

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Folsom, Ralph, A Commentary on the Globalization of Foreign Corrupt Practices Law (2019). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 19-373, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3314302

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