School of Law

Research Student: Khaled S Alrashidi

Combating corruption in Kuwait: The Search for Effectiveness in Light of International Best Practice

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How can Kuwait ensure an effective policy to counter corruption?

In answering this question, my thesis will examine the literature to define the concept of corruption both generally and in Kuwait and the causes of corruption. After that, it will address the reasons why the state (Kuwait) must combat corruption, justifying its intervention, exploring the ways in which corruption is fought, whether corruption should be fought after its occurrence or using intelligence-led policies that will prevent corrupt behaviour, including addressing the rules of transparency. It will commence by addressing the challenges that may be encountered in criminalising corruption in Kuwait and will seek the best way to overcome such challenges by showing the most efficient and effective means to detect and report crimes, including protecting whistle-blowers.

In addition, examining the function of the liaison between state agencies and institutions and banking and financial institutions and the obstacle presented by bank secrecy and whether it can be overcome will be very important. This thesis will include a critical analysis of the international impact on Kuwaiti policy in combating corruption and the enthusiasm of the Kuwaiti legislator in responding to this effect by watching the implementation of the international recommendations and instruction in fighting corruption.

Since this thesis has something to do with the international community, it will examine the recovery of proceeds of corruption crimes through international cooperation among states and prosecuting the corrupt individuals who escape abroad through the extradition conventions, for example. What is more crucial here is that this thesis will concentrate mainly on what Kuwait can learn from the UK’s experience in combating corruption crimes, especially in terms of the liability of corrupt legal persons and the notion that the public officials of foreign governments can be criminally liable for bribery in the context of applying national laws (Kuwaiti laws), particularly with respect to international business transactions.

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