Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons
Chapter 32: Corruption as a human rights violation
In response to the phenomenon of corruption, individual states and civil society have started to focus on the relationship between corruption and human rights. A critical legal question that this chapter seeks to address when drawing a nexus between corruption and human rights is whether corrupt acts can and must be regarded as human rights violations. This chapter demonstrates that the thrust of the argument to infuse human rights in the fight against corruption is that corruption has identifiable victims. The victim-oriented approach stemming from a human rights-based approach in the fight against corruption could complement the existing approaches to curb corruption. Importantly, elevating any issue to the level of a human right is that it establishes a universal norm that becomes more difficult to disregard and emphasises the duties of states, and in some cases non-state actors, as well as the rights of those negatively impacted by corruption.
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