Specialized Anticorruption Courts: An Overview

I’m going to take a quick break from agonizing about the impending Trumpocalypse to share some news about a new U4 Issue Paper, which I coauthored with Sofie Schütte, on specialized anticorruption courts in countries around the world. (This paper builds on an earlier series of case studies.) Here’s the abstract:

Frustration with the capacity of the ordinary machinery of justice to deal adequately with corruption has prompted many countries to develop specialised anti-corruption institutions. While anti-corruption agencies with investigative and/or prosecutorial powers have attracted more attention, judicial specialisation is an increasingly common feature of national anti-corruption reform strategies. The most common argument for the creation of special anti-corruption courts is the need for greater efficiency in resolving corruption cases promptly and the associated need to signal to various domestic and international audiences that the country takes the fight against corruption seriously. In some countries, concerns about the ability of the ordinary courts to handle corruption cases impartially, and without being corrupted themselves, have also played an important role in the decision to create special anti-corruption courts. Existing specialised anti-corruption courts differ along a number of dimensions, including their size, their place in the judicial hierarchy, mechanisms for selection and removal of judges, the substantive scope of the courts’ jurisdiction, trial and appellate procedures, and their relationship with anti-corruption prosecutors. These institutional design choices imply a number of difficult trade-offs: while there are no definitive “best practices” for specialised anti-corruption courts, existing models and experience may provide some guidance to reformers considering similar institutions. They must decide whether such a court should adopt procedures that are substantially different from those of other criminal courts, and/or special provisions for the selection, removal, or working conditions of the anti-corruption court judges.

2 thoughts on “Specialized Anticorruption Courts: An Overview

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  2. Dear Matthew, So far, it is one of the effective requirement of global anti-corruption movement from legal point of views. The world is under legal motive at the democratic development and its’ progress. We are to establish the legal-implementation of anti-corruption measures. In this part there also so-limitations in the international jurisdiction that we have mentioned in this article. Nationals or state motivations never been uniformed as the interests of states are self-motivated or of vested interests.
    May I request, to explain the present situation of ‘United Nations’, ‘International Court’ like organizations. These organizations are only “mute-viewer” or handicapped name-plate of their duties and activities against the international deterioration to combat inequality or poverty. They are the playing tools of international power-conglomerate.
    I think, there is urgent need of change the research-motive of scholars or intellectuals from very junk or conventional prejudices. Anti-corruption fight must be projected against the very source of it that is ‘Nationalism’ or national interest,- when we are pleading for regulation of international trade. We are very much clear that in the name of legalization, the powered and riches are enjoying legal benefits by hook or crook policy.
    Why we are supporting the poverty ridden messes are major corruption? Research is pointing that power and rich countries are the major cause or indirect imposed cause of global poverty, and its’ resultant effect is ‘Corruption’.
    If we fail to go insight of any event from scientific explanation, then nothing will happen better. Instate, the juices will be sucked by the known culprits only.

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