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, both from a criminal justice and human rights perspective as well as an emphasis on the practical application of legal rules. You’ll examine 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 reflect on the effectiveness of the monitoring mechanism of the UNCAC.

You’ll also consider the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption as a regional anti-corruption instrument in the Council of Europe. This will 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.

You’ll also look at 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 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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: