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Trandafir Writing Competition
2012-2013 Competition Winner

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012-2013 Trandafir Intnernational Business Writing Competition. Once again we received numerous exceptional submissions from law students across the United States and overseas.

The TLCP Board and our Faculty Advisor, Professor Jonathan C. Carlson, would like to congratulate Mr. Dominic Saglibene for winning this year’s competition. In addition to being a recipient of the $2000 prize, Mr. Saglibene’s winning article, The U.K. Bribery Act: A Benchmark for Anticorruption Reform in the U.S., will be published in Volume 23.

Mr. Saglibene is a recent graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He has a strong academic and professional interest in criminal justice, economic policy, and international law. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences in economics and journalism. His interest in legal studies began as a high school student and has blossomed into a deep curiosity about how the law can be used to promote justice and fairness in society.

Mr. Saglibene’s Note provides a comparative analysis of the laws of the United Kingdom and United States against bribery in international commerce, particularly noting how the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) fails to cover bribery in all its forms. The FCPA criminalizes corrupt payments made to foreign public officials, but the U.K. Bribery Act prohibits international bribery in both the public and private sectors. His Note observes that public and private bribery occur at similar rates and present similar detriments to international commerce. In order for the U.S. to bolster its leading role in the international fight against bribery, Mr. Saglibene’s Note argues for the reform of the FCPA, in light of the U.K. law, to forbid bribery without regard to public-private distinctions.