Punishing corporate crime: Review of Brandon Garrett’s Too Big To Jail

Professor Garrett has written an important book about a topic – corporate crime – that may not be a top concern of the ordinary person, but is arguably as important a topic as the type of crime (those against the person) that ordinary people do care about. For instance, in Britain fraud on its own […]

Review of Putin’s Kleptocracy by Karen Dawisha

Professor Karen Dawisha’s new book Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who owns Russia? promised much. According to the blurb on the jacket it “describes Putin’s rapid rise to power, the cabal he brought with him, the oligarchs they have created, the billions they have looted…she reveals a deeply corrupt country ruled by a thieving regime”. Further, Cambridge University […]

Interview with journalist and author Mark Metcalf

You can read a recent interview I gave to journalist and author Mark Metcalf.

Talk at Transparency International

I was pleased to give a talk at Transparency International this lunchtime. Below are some of the key points I made:

.@Nicholas_gilby was in our office today to talk about his new book ‘Deception in High Places’. Tweets that follow from the discussion.

— TI Defence&Security (@TIdefenceteam) July 31, 2014


New documents published: British Government discussions about involvement in corruption in Saudi arms deals

A recent article in the Financial Times (republished by Gulf News here) states that the Serious Fraud Office has made arrests during its on-going investigation of the Airbus Group subsidiary GPT Special Project Management Limited. The company is the prime contractor on the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications (SANGCOM) project, a Government-to-Government arms deal supervised […]

Interview in New Internationalist

New Internationalist magazine has published an interview with me by Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Will the Arms Trade Treaty be much help in combating corruption in the international arms trade?

A great deal of effort from Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations went into negotiating the Arms Trade Treaty, concluded in New York in 2013. I am sceptical whether the Treaty, if it comes into force (for this to happen 18 states still need to ratify it) will be effective. I very much hope my scepticism will […]

Improving Britain’s ability to convict those paying bribes in arms deals

In the past the authorities in the United States have been much more successful in prosecuting foreign bribery by their companies than the authorities in Britain.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest report on steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the United Kingdom is far more scanty than […]