Dominic Saglibene, class of 2014, has won the Trandafir Writing Competition with his note, “The U.K. Bribery Act: A Benchmark for Anticorruption Reform in the U.S.” Saglibene’s award includes a $2,000 cash prize and his note will be published in a forthcoming issue of University of Iowa College of Law’s Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. His note was also called out in a recent article in the Risk & Compliance Report of the Wall Street Journal.
Saglibene’s winning note focuses on a comparative analysis of the extraterritorial bribery laws of the U.K. and the U.S.—specifically, the Bribery Act 2010 and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Although the FCPA specifies only bribery of foreign public officials, it needs an amendment to cover bribery in the international private sector, which is just as rampant and harmful to the world economy, Saglibene argues. While noting the trend in developing countries towards privatization, he highlights the U.K.’s sweeping legislation that prohibits bribery without distinguishing between the public and private sector.
“I am honored that the Trandafir Writing Competition panel selected my note to demonstrate that I have worthwhile ideas to improve the criminal justice system,” said Saglibene, who hopes to work in the field of criminal law after graduation.
Professor Miriam Baer served as a sounding board for Saglibene as he refined his arguments. “Dominic developed a terrific paper that speaks for itself,” said Baer. “I am thrilled for him that his work will be published in a well-known academic journal.”
Saglibene, a New York University graduate, will be interning this summer at the NYC Probation Department. His interest in criminal law began during a college internship at NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security, where he worked on annual reports analyzing the federal government’s investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases. He has also held internships at the Kings County D.A.’s Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District. This semester he worked at both the Manhattan D.A.’s Office and at Travis LLC, a boutique commercial litigation firm. Saglibene is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
Saglibene is the fourth BLS student to win the Trandafir Writing Competition in the past few years. Sarah Westby ’11, Benjamin Falber ’12 and Lindsay Zahn ’12 were all previous winners of the Competition.
“Dominic’s award, and the repeated writing awards earned by other BLS students and our recent graduates clearly demonstrates the Law School’s commitment to developing and promoting influential and sophisticated student scholarship,” said Baer.