Rule of Law

Anti-corruption head reveals insights on anti-bribery and corruption risk
Supporting goal 10 (reduced inequalities) and goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division at the OECD shares how the legislative landscape has changed since countries signed the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention 20 years ago, and the impact it has had on companies’ attitudes towards compliance.
The study identifies different issues which have resulted in a weak fisheries regulatory framework in Bangladesh and how the legal framework governing the Bangladeshi fisheries sector can be reformed. The study submits that a reformed legal framework could play an instrumental role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 in Bangladesh.
Stop corruption
Substantially reducing corruption and bribery in all forms is a target of goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). This blog reviews the rise of anti-foreign bribery legislation in the 20 years since the OECD's Anti-Bribery Convention was signed by 43 states and countries.
The First 100 Years is a ground-breaking history project charting the journey of women in law since 1919. The project’s vision is to ensure a strong and equal future for all women in the legal profession through a deep understanding of the past combined with a celebration of today. It therefore supports SDG 5 with a focus on target 5 concerned with women in leadership positions. This video interview with Lady Hale, the first female President of the Supreme Court, gives a personal account of her being the ‘first’ many times over and the role of women in the legal profession.
The crime and justice statistics collected by the UNODC are an invaluable tool for policy makers, law makers and civil society. Accurate statistics are vital indicators to enable resource planning for interventions. Targets for SDG 16 include 16.1 to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates and 16.4 to combat all forms of organised crime.
The crime and justice statistics collected by the UNODC are an invaluable tool for policy makers, law makers and civil society. The methodology and standards used by the UNODC are designed to support countries’ efforts to produce accurate statistics. Targets for SDG 16 include 16.1 to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates and 16.4 to combat all forms of organised crime.
The detailed country surveys measure the extent and pattern of corruption across business, population and government administration. These indicators are vital to understanding this complex area and provide invaluable insight at country level. The report and tools on the UNODC web page inform target SDG 16.5 to substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
A new criminal corporate offence of failing to prevent facilitation of tax evasion comes into effect on 30 September 2017 in the UK. This development supports SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth and SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions.
Large employers in the UK with a financial year running from April to March should be gearing up to publish their second annual modern slavery statement by the end of September 2017. Modern slavery statements support SDG 8.7 to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.
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 LexisNexis Australia, 8 August 2017

Justice Chandra (centre), Ana Cobona, Amelia Tukuwasa, Marie Chan, Myfanwy Wallwork
The goal of SDG 16.3, to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and to ensure equal access to justice for all, relies to a large extent on access to the primary materials. The stability of the legal system of a State is usually assessed by the availability of its laws and their application and LexisNexis is proud to have been chosen as a partner to continue publication of the authorised Fiji Law Reports. Partnership for the goals is key to their success, as envisaged by SDG 17.

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