The End of Corruption and Impunity advances a novel idea: it is feasible to limit the corruption that plagues the efforts of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and activists working to end poverty and advance human rights in developing regions of the world. Using a mixed methods approach, this book analyzes the problem of corruption and specific factors contributing to corruption, offering a direct, effective solution, that could be adopted by the international community. Yeh suggests a system designed to restore accountability in dysfunctional domestic criminal justice systems, by implementing a powerful Anticorruption Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (APUNCAC). This treaty would establish a body of United Nations (UN) inspectors to conduct investigations into allegations of corruption, create dedicated anti-corruption courts, implement aggressive measures to fight money laundering, and provide incentives for private parties to pursue civil actions when they have knowledge of corruption. Using the International Criminal Court (ICC) as precedent, Yeh argues that an international treaty is a promising approach for addressing the governmental impunity that prevails in developing nations—impunity that undermines efforts to reduce poverty, promote development, and restore human rights. This book would be of interest to students and scholars interested in international law, international criminal justice, and political science.
Stuart S. Yeh is professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota.
Chapter 1: The Locust Effect
Chapter 2: Ending Corruption
Chapter 3: Ending Impunity
Chapter 4: Corruption and the Drug War
Chapter 5: Corruption and Insurgency
Chapter 6: Six Theories
Chapter 7: The World Bank/IMF View
Chapter 8: Systemic Corruption
Chapter 9: Ending Money Laundering
Chapter 10: Six Case Examples
Chapter 11: Treble Damages
Chapter 12: Treaty Management
Chapter 13: Complementarity
Chapter 14: Why Would Leaders and States Agree?
This book extensively examines the consequences of corruption and failures of established anticorruption strategy, with the use of illustrative cases. It convincingly develops a much-needed model international treaty – that can become a reality like the International Criminal Court – to finally stamp out corruption.
A results-oriented global commitment to further human rights and development is a necessary precondition for progress. The End of Corruption and Impunity makes a compelling case for a multilateral anticorruption treaty that would increase accountability and decrease kleptocracy – outcomes that are sorely needed today.