Global corruption has reached staggering proportions. Illicit financial flows out of developing countries over the past decade are calculated to be US$8.44 trillion. This is more than ten times what those countries received in aid during that time, and equivalent to the total of all foreign direct investment into the developing world over the same period. As a result, governments are compromised, the law perverted, and human rights trampled. Corruption pollutes public and private spheres in wealthy states as well as poorer ones.
Australia is no exception, as illustrated by ICAC's investigation of public sector fraud in NSW, the Heydon Royal Commission into unions' finances, and the ongoing criminal investigations into bribery allegations against Australian corporations Securency/NPA and Leighton Holdings. But rather than be a victim of this global "plague" (as Kofi Annan called it), can human rights contribute to its cure? David Kinley argues it can, by way of the creation of a new, free-standing human right in international law - a "right to freedom from corruption".
In this talk David Kinley explains why we need such a new right, what form it should take, and whether it would work in practice.
Date: Wednesday 30 April
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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