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Next quarter's EMBA class: Law and CSR

Grad school is finishing up the last program, and has given us the books and schedule for the one that starts March 29th. One of my four new classes is Law and Corporate Social Responsibility, and one of the assigned papers we need to read and understand before the first day of class is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

I'm posting about this because reading through this document is bringing up a tsunami of copy-editing twitches, and I'm not even a particularly excellent copy-editor. A period where there should be comma confused me for several minutes. There are parts that are, going from the numbering, just flat out missing. There's a pattern of a hard line feed just before an "in order to" that I still can't decide if it's intended to be part of the previous sentence (which ends in a comma, which would lead me to think that it does) or be some sort of break like a bullet point would be.

About the only law-making I've watched in action has been the WorldCon bylaws and Hugo rules, where such things would be quickly spotted and fixed or at least made more clear.

Is there a standard "guide to reading official government statutes" that might help me come to terms with this thing?


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Feb. 25th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing
So glad you posted the link to this document, because now I know for sure that I do not want to be a lawyer or EMBA when I grow up.

Not sure why, but it seems to me that sethb would be able to correctly interpret that document.

Also, this link to BELL may be of use to you next semester. BELL is the acronym for The Business Ethics Links Library : Resources for Research in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, maintained at the
William M. White Business Library, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder.

From the web site: "The BELL is a comprehensive starting point for research in corporate ethics and social responsibility. The database provides access to codes of ethics for U.S. companies and trade and professional associations, ethics sites at college and university business programs, industry information resources, and company promotion of social responsibility covering such topics as arts assistance, environmental clean up, charitable giving and community programming."

Hope that helps ease your pain. And good luck with the legalese. If you get in a real bind, call jimf42. Not only is he a lawyer, but he also plays one at work!
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for sharing
Thanks for the reference! The class has a whole bunch of reference links (which I haven't followed yet) but I don't recall seeing that one. I'll look for it next time I dig those papers out.
Feb. 25th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Our clients adopt from developing countries, so we have to educate them on the FCPA. It really boggles the minds of superethical Americans.
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
The content hasn't thrown me - I was aware of the FCPA's existence and the *need* for its existence - it's the seemingly lax attitude towards how it's written that surprises me. I would think this was a draft copy or something, except that it's posted on the official website.
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Once you delve into the cases, you might not be too sure we NEED the FCPA. I'd be happy to debate the merit of a more flexible concept that allows people to do business according to local customs.
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
It's badly written, with lots of loopholes.

Most of the business law is.

This is a result of being cobbled together by committees, and amended, and shot through government rapidly, because, as you're about to find out, most business law is written in response to Something Happening Right Now Which Must Be Stopped. (see also: Enron=Sarbanes-Oxley) The only advantage to law wriitten in the last few years is that they had the advantage of spell check.

Edited at 2009-02-26 03:42 am (UTC)
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