São Paulo Law School debates fight against corruption

07 August 2013

Fighting corruption is a phenomenon that concerns many institutions, international organizations, businesses and society. In an effort to improve their laws related to this matter, countries like the UK, Germany, USA and Brazil have been developing and sharing models to efficiently produce standards to fight this crime.

This was the theme of the lecture by Kevin Davis, professor and deputy director of the New York University School of Law, held at São Paulo Law School on the evening of August 5. It was attended by lawyers and professors Guillermo Jorge, of Universidad San Andrés (Argentina) and Carlos Ayres, professor of the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program (GVlaw).

For Davis, the debate is timely, considering that Brazil has recently passed Law 12,846 - which regulates the liability of legal persons for acts of corruption in both the civil and administrative spheres. My interest is the dynamics of developing countries. For that, is it important to have a comparative study that addresses the strengths and weaknesses of each of the paradigms that govern the rules of fighting corruption, he explains.

Finally, the professor asked some questions relevant to assessing the success of the model legislation adopted. We must always ask how the law forces people to obey, what they think of the legislation, how companies react to the rules, what are the effects on the corruption itself, and what are the effects on the economy and society, advises Davis. 


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