Corruption Law

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Author : Imelda Higgins
Publisher: Round Hall
Publication Date: 16/11/2012
ISBN: 9781858006697
Jurisdiction: Ireland

The first detailed analysis of corruption law in Ireland
Corruption Law by Imelda Higgins is the first title to provide a detailed analysis of corruption law and the role played by each of the following areas of law in combating corruption: conflicts of interest; political finance; access to information; bribery and other related offences; money laundering; asset recovery; and enforcement.

In respect of each area, it:

* Outlines the relationship between the subject matter of each chapter and corruption.
* Describes the international anti-corruption measures relevant to Ireland and best practice standards on dealing with that subject matter.
* Sets out the relevant Irish law and analyses its effectiveness with particular reference to those international measures and standards.

Key Features

Corruption Law:

* Is the first book to provide a detailed legal analysis of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 and Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 and to place those acts in their theoretical and international context

* Contains an indepth exploration of the law applicable to political finance at both local and national level, including the Electoral Act 1997 as amended and the Local Election (Disclosure of Donation and Expenditure) Act 1999, as amended

* Explores the most recent case-law and decisions on the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 as amended

* Provides one of the most comprehensive analysis of bribery to be published in this area in a number of years and incorporates all the recent changes to the bribery laws, including in particular those introduced by the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2010 as well as the proposed changes contained in the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012 Draft Scheme

* Describes the legislative developments affecting bribery in other jurisdictions which are of relevance to Ireland, including the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the U.S Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 and discusses the main characteristics of corporate compliance policies

* Contains up-to-date coverage of the new anti-money laundering requirements introduced by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism) Act 2010

* Analyses the role placed by both conviction based and non conviction based asset recovery in combating corruption and describes approaches to quantifying the value of criminal assets derived from corruption

* Includes a detailed analysis of the investigation of corruption including barriers to prosecution, the use of search warrants, production orders and information orders and the use of special investigative techniques

* Considers the role played by Commissions of Inquiry, Commission of Investigation and Tribunals of Inquiry in combating corruption.

About the Author

Imelda Higgins is a barrister with a particular interest in corruption law. She has worked in an advisory capacity for the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments and is an adjunct lecturer in corruption law at Trinity College Dublin. Imelda has published a number of articles relevant to corruption law and regularly participates in conferences in this area. She is also one of Ireland?s Transparency International?s Advisory Group Members.

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