Global Corruption

Its Regulation under International Conventions, US, UK, and Canadian Law and Practice

by Gerry Ferguson (Ed.)

This book has been specifically created to make it easier for professors to offer a law school course on global corruption. It is also designed as a resource tool for all persons working in the anti-corruption field. The book is issued under a creative commons license and can be used for free in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes. The first chapter sets out the general context of global corruption: its nature and extent, and some views on its historical, social, economic and political dimensions. Each subsequent chapter sets out international standards and requirements in respect to combatting corruption – mainly in the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the OECD Bribery of Foreign Officials Convention (OECD Convention). The laws of the United States and United Kingdom are then set out as examples of how those Convention standards and requirements are met in two influential jurisdictions. Finally, the law of Canada is set out. Thus, a professor from Africa, Australia, New Zealand or English speaking countries in Asia and Europe has a nearly complete coursebook – for example, that professor can delete the Canadian sections of this book and insert the law and practices of his or her home country in their place. While primarily directed to a law school course on global corruption, this book will be of interest and use to professors teaching courses on corruption from other academic disciplines and to lawyers and other anti-corruption practitioners.

Cover design by Yenny Lim & Emma Hilliard

About the Author

Gerry Ferguson is a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor of Law who specializes in criminal law. He is also a senior associate with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in Vancouver. Professor Ferguson is a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Anti-Corruption Academic Development Initiative (ACAD) devoted to the creation of anti-corruption academic materials and the teaching of university courses on global corruption. He is co-editor and co-author (with Douglas Johnston) of Asia-Pacific Legal Development (UBC Press, 1998), was a co-leader of the CIDA-funded Canada-Vietnamese Legislative Drafting and Management Program, 1994-95, and a team member of the CIDA-funded Canada-China Procuratoracy Project, 2003-2008, under the direction of the ICCLR. He is the co-author, with Justice Dambrot and Professor Michelle Lawrence, of the annually updated two-volume book, Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions.

Professor Ferguson has taught criminal law as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland, Monash University, the University of Malaya and the University of Airlangga in Indonesia. He has given guest lectures at various law schools in South Africa, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Europe. Professor Ferguson is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Law Commission of Canada and an active participant in the Canadian Bar Association, Law Society, and Continuing Legal Education Society activities. His teaching and scholarly interests include transnational and comparative criminal law and procedure, sentencing and mental health law. Professor Ferguson may be contacted at


Global Corruption is the Canadian (and arguably US and UK) definitive text on ABAC. Like Hogg on constitutional law, but for anticorruption. Throughout the day [of publication], my counterparts from the other banks emailed back their thanks and great surprise at the sheer wealth of the resource that Ferguson has provided.
Daryl Davis (H.B.A., B.C.L. & LLB.) – Chief Advisor Sanction and Anti-Corruption Program Management National Bank of Canada

Ferguson provides a rich analysis of the nature, scope and extent of global corruption … on a vast array of topics from the investigation, prosecution and sanctioning of corruption, money laundering and the recovery of corruption proceeds to laws and policies on preventative mechanisms such as the regulation of public procurement, lobbying, campaign financing, whistleblowing and other corruption risks.
Dr. Leonardo BorliniDepartment of Law Bocconi University & Co-author of Corruption: Economic Analysis and Law

[Ferguson’s book] is an invaluable resource for the international community as he provides an amazing wealth of information and analysis for students and practitioners on the scope and details of the international standards against corruption....
Dr. Nikos PassasProfessor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northeaster University. Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute, Case Western Reserve School of Law

The 2021 edition of Global Corruption, expanded and updated to include new content from a variety of subject matter experts, provides impressive coverage of a range of issues spanning the field of anti-corruption. It offers a comprehensive yet remarkably accessible set of resources for those interested and engaged in tackling corruption. Whether you are approaching the topic of corruption as an interested citizen, an affected businessperson, a seasoned advisor, or a government policy-maker, you will find this book to be full of valuable material.
Anthony Cole, Partner, National Lead – White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Dentons Canada LLP and Chair of Legal Committee, Transparency International Canada

The 2022 edition of Global Corruption is a comprehensive view of the disastrous impact of corruption on the most marginalized globally…. The practical comparisons between the applicable systems in Canada with other jurisdictions puts the Canadian response to corruption into a global context. A handy reference guide to anyone with an interest in how Canada’s anticorruption framework stacks up globally.
Peter Dent, Partner and President of Deloitte Forensic Inc and past Chair of Transparency International-Canada


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    University of Victoria Libraries