Human Rights In Chile: Issues still pending

For the last 25 Chile has been ruled by freely elected civilian government, following 17 years of military dictatorship. With respect to the human rights violations committed by the dictatorship measures of truth-telling, memory preservation, acknowledgment, reparations, and criminal justice have been implemented. Progress has been gradual and without drawbacks. Yet, there have been periods […]

White Collar Crime

Since the beginning of the 90s the topic of anticorruption has gained prominence in the agenda of public ethics in different countries. In this year 2015 there have been a number of corruption scandals involving governmental officers and/or businessmen in several parts of the world, including Brazil, the Latin American giant, and Chile, a country […]

Societies of trust

An abundant academic literature has been produced in the last two or three decades on the topic of societies of trust . This is very relevant today given that trust in public institutions has markedly declined in the Americas and elsewhere, according to several opinion polls. The different authors who have written on this topic […]

State Capture

The expression State capture was coined by the World Bank experts Daniel Kauffmann y Joel Hellman some 15 years ago. These authors alluded to the relationship between corporations and the State. They distinguished three modalities : a) administrative corruption, that is the payment by corporations to published servants so that they do not apply the […]

Contemporary Terrorism

Recent high-profile attacks have put a new note of urgency on the combat of terrorism. They include a parade of horrific executions of hostages carried out by ISIS, recorded and uploaded in the social networks; the massacre of the journalists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and the mysterious death of the Argentinian prosecutor who investigated […]

Slavery is Still Around

On December 2, 1949, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the  Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, which entered into force two years later. For this reason this December day has been established as the international day of the abolition of […]