Anti-Corruption Reforms: Practical changes to ensure success

Which legislative changes underpin successful anti-corruption reforms? Are specialised anti-corruption institutions mandatory? Do states with low levels of corruption always have a separate anti-corruption law? What are the key features of anti-corruption law in authoritarian countries?

This course explores how anti-corruption has evolved in different countries, focusing on legislative developments and, critically, how law enforcement agencies, courts and civil society use legal norms to increase the transparency and accountability of public authorities.

Students explore the essential legislative changes behind successful anti-corruption reforms, delving into the necessity of specialised anti-corruption institutions and anti-corruption laws in many different contexts. By investigating how global anti-corruption approaches have evolved, students discover how law enforcement, courts, and civil society can leverage legal norms to enhance the transparency and accountability of public authorities.

Who is this course for?

This course is for any students interested in public law, political science, and economics.

As part of the course, students will

  • Study the basics of legislation and institutional practices in countries that successfully prevent corruption.
  • Analyse the institutions in countries with varying political regimes the basises of their state anti-corruption system
  • Form a comprehensive understanding of the different trajectories of anti-corruption reforms in varying political contexts
  • Learn to make a basic efficiency assessment of the various anti-corruption reforms.

Course format

Online classes twice a week, including a lecture and a seminar. Lectures will be accompanied by additional readings. Seminars include student presentations and discussions on assigned topics.


  • Grigory Mashanov

    Grigory Mashanov

    Anti-corruption lawyer