Corruption: Why Does It Happen?

Course Code: COR101-WS
Semester: Summer Day: Sat Time: 10:00-16:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 1 Start Date: 2022/8/20 End Date: 2022/8/20 Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

Corruption has been one of the most discussed and debated issues in international business for the past several years. While companies in Japan, the United States and the European Union are increasingly investing and doing business in developing countries, the reality is that in addition to new market opportunities, these companies are also exposing themselves to heightened corruption risk. At the same time, anti-corruption laws around the world are being enforced more comprehensively and aggressively than ever. This seminar examines the phenomenon of corruption from real world as well as academic perspectives. It includes analysis and discussion of a variety of resources, including scholarly research, first-hand accounts from victims of corruption as well as the government officials and business people involved in it, investigative reporting, court documents, and legislative initiatives that aim to reduce or eliminate corruption. During the seminar, we will discuss the definition of corruption from a variety of perspectives, causes of corruption, the effects of corruption globally and within individual societies, and government efforts to fight corruption including the adoption of international initiatives such as the UN International Convention Against Corruption and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and national legislation such as the USA's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, and France's anti-corruption, known as Sapin II.


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Johnathan McCaskill

Instructor Biography

Johnathan McCaskill holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the track team and studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of UNC's Honors Program. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is a US-qualified lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, including over a decade of international law practice, project management and the design and delivery of professional skills training. He has been involved as a prosecutor or legal advisor in numerous criminal matters, including financial crimes prosecutions, corruption investigations, and war crimes and crimes against humanity prosecutions. As a member of several international organizations including the United Nations, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Commission on Missing Persons, he has advised political leaders and law enforcement officials on human rights laws, investigation and prosecution tactics and international best practices. Johnathan enjoys martial arts, running, cycling, tennis, playing bass guitar and cooking.