An Overview of the Foreign Corrupt Policies Act

By, Neil Hassler

Bribery and corruption are social problems which are harmful to public life.1 The abuse of public office for personal profit fundamentally undermines individuals’ trust in institutions and, more generally, in the rule of law. Indeed, bribery, wherever located, can call into question the legitimacy of a government.2 Bribery and corruption are associated with commerce, and as the pace of globalization and international trade continues to increase, bribery and corruption are rightly seen as problematic by national governments and international institutions, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) and the World Bank.3

[Reprinted by permission from the author and the Nebraska State Bar Association, The Nebraska Lawyer (January/February 2018).