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International Law Colloquium Series: Kevin Davis

About the event:

International Law Colloquium Series Presents:

Transnational Anti-Corruption Law in Action: Cases from Argentina and Brazil

12:15-2:15 pm, Borchard
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Kevin Davis
 – B.A. (McGill), LL.B. (Toronto), LL.M. (Columbia) is Vice Dean and Beller Family Professor of Business Law at New York University School of Law. Prior to joining NYU he was a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments or fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge University; the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Law; and the University of Southern California School of Law. Before entering the academy Professor Davis served as law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada for the late Mr. Justice John Sopinka and practiced corporate law with a Toronto law firm. He teaches courses on Contracts, Regulation of Foreign Corrupt Practices, Financing Development, and Law and Development. His research interests include commercial law, economic crime, and, more generally, the relationship between law and economic development. His current research focuses on: the impact of transnational anti-corruption law; quantitative measures of the performance or impact of legal institutions; and, innovation in contracting. Publications include: “Does the Globalization of Anti-Corruption Law Help Developing Countries?” in Julio Faundez and Celine Tan (eds.), International Economic Law, Globalization and Developing Countries (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar) (2010); “The Relationship between Law and Development: Optimists versus Skeptics,” American Journal of Comparative Law (2008) (with Michael Trebilcock); “Taking the Measure of Law: The Case of the Doing Business Project,” Law & Social Inquiry (2007) (with Michael Kruse); “Self-Interest and Altruism in the Deterrence of Transnational Bribery,” American Law and Economics Review (2002).


Transnational Anti-Corruption Law in Action: Cases from Argentina and Brazil
In this paper we examine how local and foreign institutions interact in responding to instances transnational corruption through the lens of two case studies. The first case study centers on proceedings concerning bribes paid by subsidiaries of Siemens AG, a German company, to obtain and retain a contract to provide national identity cards—among other things—for the Argentine government. The second case study examines events stemming from overbilling in the construction of a courthouse in Brazil. We use these case studies to shed light on the hypothesis that foreign institutions serve as complements to local anti-corruption institutions.

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