African Painting via Markus Reinhart photography

Monday News Muse 16 May 2016

CORRUPTION

In the aftermath of the Global Anti-Corruption Summit in London, there could be a major shake-up of UK corporate criminal law. Some of the changes include:-

  1. The creation of a beneficial ownership register
  2. The creation of a new Anti-Corruption Co-ordination Centre
  3. Plans for a brand new offence of failure to prevent economic crime

France’s corruption laws have been criticised their inadequacy, especially in failing to tackle overseas corruption. Here is a discussion of how recent changes may deal with some of the shortcomings.

The US also made several pledges to tackle international corruption during the summit.

 CRIMINAL LAW

More on why Indians are increasingly questioning the value of criminal defamation in the Indian Penal Code, especially given its abuse by politicians suing their critics. Topmost in the discussion is whether the criminal law has any role in protecting a person’s reputation or ‘character’.

Though most countries have criminal laws prohibiting abortion at various stages of pregnancy (as well as assisting and encouraging such abortion), few use the criminal law to protect the wellbeing of unborn children from mothers-to-be who engage in reckless activity during pregnancy. This article discusses the pros and cons of such an approach.

This debate is particularly salient to Kenya given that our constitution proclaims that life begins at conception (Art.26(2)). The implication could be that, as living beings, foetuses have rights- over and above the right to life itself- that can be protected by the criminal law.

A new bill is being drafted that would require the Kenyan government to compensate the victims of police brutality that results in death or injury.

 MONEY LAUNDERING

The Phillipine bank (RCBC) that was at the heart of the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist gets a new President and CEO.


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