A Principled Approach
Edited by Tina Søreide and Abiola Makinwa
Chapter 2: Negotiating settlements in a broader law enforcement context
Negotiated settlements are frequently the only way to come to a decision on corporate crime within a reasonable timeframe. However, this pragmatic advantage is typically achieved at the price of going against fundamental principles of law: the equality of treatment, effectiveness of sanctioning, fair procedure. Settlements entail privatization of justice and are open to political influence. Combating international corporate corruption has, however, led all over the world to the introduction of – digressing – forms of settlements. What is needed is international harmonization.
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