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The Draft Bribery Bill 2009

The Draft Bribery Bill aims to reform the criminal law to provide a new, modern and comprehensive scheme of bribery offences that will enable courts and prosecutors to respond more effectively to bribery at home or abroad.

The Draft Bribery Bill aims to reform the criminal law to provide a new, modern and comprehensive scheme of bribery offences that will enable courts and prosecutors to respond more effectively to bribery at home or abroad.

The draft bill was published on 25 March 2009. The bill will:

  • provide a more effective legal framework to combat bribery in the public or private sectors
  • provide clearer compliance with international obligations
  • replace the fragmented and complex offences under common law and the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889-1916
  • simplify legislation covering two general offences: offering, promising or giving of an advantage, and requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting an advantage
  • create a discrete offence of bribery of a foreign public official
  • create an offence of negligent failure by commercial organisations to prevent bribery
  • support high ethical standards in UK businesses
  • tackle the threat that bribery poses to economic progress and development around the world.

The draft bill builds on the proposals in the Law Commission report 'Reforming Bribery', published on 20 November 2008 (source: UK Ministry of Justice).

In libreria: Responsabilità amministrativa delle imprese (Decreto legislativo 231/2001)


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