김영란법: A Quick Overview

A rare and long-overdue achievement in Korean politics and lawmaking.

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부정청탁 및 금품등 수수의 금지에 관한 법률 (aka 김영란법) is an unprecedented anti-corruption law (in South Korea) that will come into force on September 28, 2016. What you need to know:

  • No one may (directly or indirectly) ask a “public official/employee, etc.” to carry out or handle work unlawfully. (The law specifically lists the types of situations.) A “public official/employee, etc.” has an affirmative legal obligation to report such people (if persistent). FYI, “public official/employee, etc.” includes all who work in public/private school and all journalists! (But not lawmakers or lawyers…)
  • No “public official/employee, etc.” shall accept (promise to accept or request) for no good reason over 1 mil won (from anyone at any one time), or over 3 mil won (from anyone during one fiscal year). If “work-related,” all amounts are forbidden!
  • At the same time, no “public official/employee, etc.” shall accept (promise to accept or request) a meal…

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