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South Korea: Controversial Anti-Corruption Law Promulgated

(Apr. 16, 2015) On March 26, 2015, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea promulgated the Anti-Corruption Law (Act No. 13278 (Mar. 27, 2015), Korea Ministry of Government Legislation website (in Korean)). The Law won bi-partisan approval in the National Assembly on March 3, 2015, despite controversy over its possible violations of the country’s Constitution. (Park […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Draft Proposal on Adoption of Anti-Corruption Convention

(Oct. 10, 2014) On August 28, 2014, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved draft legislation formulated by the Ministry of Justice on Taiwan’s adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Ministry of Justice draft also included provisions for implementing laws related to the Convention. (ROC Moves to […]

Romania: Court Finds Immunity Law Unconstitutional

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Romania issued a ruling finding unconstitutional draft legislation that would grant public officials immunity from prosecution. The amendments to the Criminal Law, adopted by the Romanian legislature on December 9, 2013, would have made it harder to prosecute elected officials, provided legislators and government […]

India: New Anti-Corruption Law

(Jan. 8, 2014) On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, including the Prime Minister of the country. (Indian President Signs Historic Anti-Corruption Law, AUSTRALIA NETWORK NEWS […]

Thailand: Draft Amnesty Law Approved by House Likely to Be Turned Down by Senate

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 1, 2013, Thailand’s House of Representatives approved legislation that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the period of political unrest in the country following the ouster of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra by a military coup in 2006. The legislation was put forward by the pro-Thaksin ruling party, Pheu […]