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Anti-Corruption Laws and Enforcement Mechanisms - An International Approach
LL.M Seminar 834 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
Can a society ensure ethical behavior by its political leaders through law and regulation? All established governments have "ethics laws" and criminal statutes designed to ensure the ethical behavior of their political leaders. It is the foundation of representative government that those who are elected to or appointed to positions of public trust operate in an ethical manner. The course will look at the laws and regulations in the United States
to determine if, both in content and interpretation, they reflect the moral standards of the community. We will look at the criminal statues, the regulations governing ethical conduct. We will also review requirements established by the international community, and responses to requirements of the international conventions. We will focus on a number of "scandals" to see whether the laws and regulations in these areas adequately provide for appropriate punishment for misconduct. We will also review the role of the free press and its impact on ensuring that laws and moral standards are maintained.
This course does not meet the J.D. Professional Responsibility requirement.