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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corrupt practices, corruption, bribery, international law in US courts


This Essay strives to advance the current international movement to
deter the transnational corrupt practices that have long burdened the global economy and weakened governments, especially in “developing” nations. Laws made in the last decade to address this longstanding global problem have not been effectively enforced. Described here are the moderately successful efforts in the United States since 1862 to reward private citizens serving as enforcers of laws prohibiting corrupt practices. It is suggested that this American experience might be adapted by international organizations to enhance enforcement of the new public international laws.

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Conflict of laws, Corruption, International law, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, Bribery, United States