The Corruption of the Law: The Effects of Lawmaking on Systemic Corruption

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We often think of the law as the remedy for corruption, but the law itself can, more or less unintendedly, enable systemic corruption. Obscure, unreasonable, irrational, and unjust laws trigger feelings of frustration and distrust towards the legal system and the values it represents. In turn, such feelings foster widespread illegality and favour the systemisation of corrupt practices. This applies not only to statutory law but to any source of law, including customary law, administrative decisions and court judgements. Written in plain and accessible language, this book provides a unique global analysis of this under-researched problem. The focus will fall particularly on the post-Brexit Commonwealth, which, in its intrinsic diversity, is the perfect workbench to understand the problem and devise global solutions. This book seeks also to stimulate a more general – and most needed – rethinking of law-making in the global era.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 3 Apr 2020

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    • 1 Public Engagement Event

    ESRC Festival of Social Science

    Lorenzo Pasculli (Convenor), David Ndolo (Co-organiser), Mairi Laird (Co-organiser), Somtobechukwu Nwachukwu Okpala (Co-organiser)
    3 Nov 20196 Nov 2019

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    Research Output

    Foreign Investments, the Rule of Corrupted Law and Transnational Systemic Corruption in Uganda’s Mineral Sector

    Pasculli, L., 26 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) International Trade, Investment and the Rule of Law. Leal-Arcas, R. (ed.). 1 ed. Chişinău: Eliva Press, p. 84-110 27 p.

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  • Brexit, integrity and corruption: Local and global challenges

    Pasculli, L., Mar 2019, Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation. Pasculli, L. & Ryder, N. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 212-232 21 p. (The Law of Financial Crime).

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