BCL partners Michael Drury and John Binns’ article titled ‘Corruption and sanctions: the wrong tool for the job?’ has been published by Money Laundering Bulletin.
Here’s an extract from the full article:
“A recent open letter to the Foreign Secretary from a group of 45 UK Parliamentarians has drawn attention to the issue of whether sanctions, specifically those popularly referred to as ‘Magnitsky sanctions’, should be used to target corruption.
The signatories include the former anti-corruption tsar, John Penrose, former high court judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams of Oystermouth, and are led by Lord Alton, a former Liberal Democrat chief whip. They call attention to the fact that the so-called Magnitsky amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA) targets only human rights abusers, in contrast to Magnitsky laws in the US and elsewhere, which also target people identified as responsible for corruption offences.
The letter goes on to say that ‘failing to harmonise our sanctions measures with those of our allies [risks] sending all the wrong signals to those involved in such crimes’, and that ‘given how attractive the United Kingdom is for many corrupt individuals who seek to buy property and invest money in the UK, it is crucial that our legislation harmonises with the US and Canadian Magnitsky legislation and includes corruption’.”