In a sign that the visibility of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is continuing its dramatic rise in the legal world, the Southern Illinois University School of Law will now offer a course specifically devoted to the FCPA, the school announced.
Mike Koehler, founder and editor of the FCPA Professor blog and an assistant professor at SIU’s law school, will teach the course this fall.
The course, according to the school’s statement, will provide “an in-depth study” of the 1977 foreign anti-bribery law and related enforcement and compliance issues.
“Students will dissect the FCPA’s new era and in doing so will confront the FCPA statutory text, legislative history, judicial decisions, enforcement agency guidance, and resolved FCPA enforcement actions,” the school said in a news release.
“Understanding the FCPA and its enforcement and having the skills to conduct an FCPA risk assessment and advise on FCPA compliance,” Koehler told Just Anti-Corruption, “is a fundamental skill set for future lawyers and other professionals across a wide spectrum and thus deserving of a specific class.”
The course will use Koehler’s forthcoming book, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era, as its text.
But students will also develop broader skills in the course, Koehler added. “Understanding corporate criminal liability, the realities of the global marketplace, and DOJ and SEC enforcement policies and resolution vehicles are fundamental skills for a wide category of lawyers and professionals in the current marketplace.”