The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws

Robert G. Vaughn

Drawing on literature from several disciplines, this enlightening book examines the history of whistleblower laws throughout the world and provides an analytical structure for the most common debates about the nature of such laws and their potential successes and failures.

Chapter 13: Global whistleblower laws

Robert G. Vaughn

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law, criminal law and justice, labour, employment law, politics and public policy, public policy


The last two decades have witnessed a new generation of global whistleblower laws. These laws respond to conditions in each of the countries in which they have been enacted, but also represent broader global movements. They can be found in several nations in Europe, including states formerly parts of the Soviet Union and Eastern European states that were within the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union. Whistleblower laws can now be found in Asia, Africa, and the Americas and their number continues to grow. Similarities and differences between these laws cast light on both their local and global aspects. A number of international treaties and conventions mandate whistleblower laws, and powerful international organizations have adopted whistleblower protections.

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