Anticorruption in Brazil: From Transnational Legal Order to Disorder.
Sanchez-Badin, M., & Sanchez-Badin, A. (2019). Anticorruption in Brazil: From Transnational Legal Order to Disorder. AJIL Unbound, 113, 326-330. doi:10.1017/aju.2019.58
5 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2021
Date Written: 2019
While the United States has had almost fifty years of experience with anticorruption law involving transnational enforcement, Brazilian anticorruption enforcement has not yet celebrated its first decade. In the notorious Car Wash case, however, Brazil is wrestling with the largest anticorruption investigation ever. The Car Wash case has resulted in numerous claims brought by a host of domestic agencies and foreign governments, many of which lack experience in anticorruption law. This essay argues that the Car Wash case reveals the weaknesses of the transnational anticorruption legal apparatus in Brazil. At both the national and transnational levels, the lack of coordination and the existence of competition among different levels of authority have undermined the main pillar of the regime: the collaboration agreements and the corresponding protection granted to whistleblowers. The Car Wash case illustrates how the current transnational anticorruption legal regime fails to promote order over disorder.
Keywords: Anticorruption, Brazil
JEL Classification: Law and Economics
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