Socio-legal Evaluation of Grand Corruption in Africa

Authors SA Igbinedion

ISSN: 2521-2605
Affiliations: Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Source: Journal of Comparative Law in Africa, Volume 4 Issue 1, p. 86 – 124


This article undertakes a socio-legal evaluation of grand corruption, which prevails in most parts of Africa. Grand corruption is the genre of corruption perpetrated by high-profile public officials who are responsible for statecraft. Apart from the usual categorisation as a crime, the nature of this conduct is yet to be adequately explored. This has largely led to the poor appreciation of grand corruption and, ipso facto, of adequate countermeasures against it. This article seeks to fill that void by critically undertaking a socio-legal analysis of the nature of grand corruption. This approach is geared to help African citizens, stakeholders, policy makers and legislatures understand the nature and substance of grand corruption so that they can properly aggregate, articulate and design adequate measures against this menace.