Laws and Law Enforcement on Bribery of Foreign Public Officials: A Comparative Study of International Practices and Application for Viet Nam

18 Apr 2018
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In 2015, Viet Nam commenced criminalisation of bribery of foreign public officials and bribery in the private sector as recommended in the United Nations Convention of Anti-corruption (UNCAC). The internalisation of UNCAC Article 16.1 and 16.2 resulted from Viet Nam’s national self-assessment of UNCAC implementation in 2011 and 2012. Findings from the review suggest areas where Vietnam met UNCAC’s requirements, as well as areas that need further compliance with UNCAC’s provisions and to strengthen its own legislation and enforcement mechanisms on combating corruption.

To analytically support Viet Nam’s on-going efforts in putting the country’s latest legislative moves in criminalising bribery of foreign public officials, UNDP Viet Nam in 2017 commissioned a legal study on international experiences in application of criminalisation of bribery of foreign public officials and implications for Viet Nam in enforcing Article 364.6 of the Penal Code. Using a comparative approach with emphasis on institutional and legislative analysis, the policy research paper helps identify good/poor practices and lessons for Viet Nam in criminalisation of bribery of foreign public officials.

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