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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: