Anti-Corruption Law and Practice (M3037)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module provides an introduction to the rapidly developing new discipline of corruption studies from a criminal justice and human rights perspective and with an emphasis on the practical application of legal rules. It examines the scope of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), particularly, on prevention and criminalisation where it requires state parties to prohibit the most predominant forms of corruption.

This will allow you to analyse some preventive and implementation measures which have been adopted by States Parties and to reflect on the effectiveness of the monitoring mechanism of the UNCAC.

The module also considers the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption as a regional anti-corruption instrument in the Council of Europe to provide you with some analysis about the operation of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and the way in which GRECO identifies deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies. The module also considers anti-corruption efforts pursued by the UN human rights mechanisms, such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Human Rights Committee to promote the enjoyment of human rights.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.