A Panoptic Study of Corruption

Abdul Gofur


The English criminal law of ‘corruption’  is a partnership of common law and statutory offences. They are united insofar as they both view corruption as a violation of the duty of loyalty which exists between an ‘agent’ and her ‘principal’. This model, more commonly known as ‘the duty model’, underpins the English criminal law of corruption. It rests on the belief that corruption (in its many guises) is objectionable because it causes an agent to act contrary to the interests of her principal. This is the fundamental harm in corruption according to the duty model.


corruption; common law; statutory offences

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