• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anton Moiseienko
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2021
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Preventing corruption – broadly understood as abuse of power for private gain – is an overarching concern across multiple areas of public administration. International and domestic standards provide for governance measures aimed to prevent corruption and create a range of criminal offences that can be used to prosecute it.

This course studies the evolution, content and implementation of these standards from an Australian perspective, with a focus on the challenges presented by confronting corruption in the Asia-Pacific region. It puts them in a broader international context through an examination of anti-corruption laws and enforcement regimes in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The course studies the implications of corruption and anti-corruption measures for public policy and corporate compliance, especially in the context of international business. A variety of approaches to tackling corruption are considered. This includes both preventive measures, such as governance standards in the public and private sector, and enforcement measures, such as the criminalisation of corruption, anti-money laundering measures, the recovery of the proceeds of corruption and the use of targeted sanctions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Assess existing approaches to defining and measuring corruption
  2. Reflect critically on the role and limitations of criminal law in combatting corruption
  3. Critically analyse the role of various non-criminal means of addressing corruption, including anti-money laundering regulation
  4. Research and explore the tensions between anti-corruption measures and other public policy objectives, including human rights protection
  5. Evaluate the domestic implementation of key international standards

Indicative Assessment

  1. 3 x Blog Posts (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research Essay (70) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM); or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There is no required reading for this course, but many of the issues it covers are addressed in Gerry Ferguson, Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice (2015), <https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/837>.

An accessible overview of some of the key themes this course touches upon can also be found in JC Sharman, The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption (Cornell University Press, 2017).

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6602 27 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021 08 Oct 2021 26 Nov 2021 Online View

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