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On Her Majesty's commercial service: bribery, public officials and the UK intelligence services

Horder, Jeremy (2011) On Her Majesty's commercial service: bribery, public officials and the UK intelligence services. Modern Law Review, 74 (6). pp. 911-931. ISSN 0026-7961

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00877.x

Abstract

This article sets into context and analyses the justification for committing bribery granted to the intelligence services by section 13 of the Bribery Act 2010. Particularly criticised is the extension of section 13 to include the intelligence services' statutory function of furthering ‘the economic well-being’ of the UK. In a context in which there are high risks of corruption in forms of export business such as arms trading, it should not be acceptable that it is open to the intelligence services, if need be, to use bribery or related offences to further such business interests on behalf of the UK. More broadly, it is argued that the breadth of section 13 illustrates the moral ambivalence of the UK when it comes to bribery overseas. This is in spite of the strengthening of the law more generally through the Bribery Act 2010, in its application to overseas trade.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author. The Modern Law Review © 2011 The Modern Law Review Limited
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50356

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