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Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)


In 2015, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) conducted a survey to assess corruption in Saudi Arabia. From this survey, two main findings deserve to be highlighted. First, the survey reveals that the practice of wasta was the most prevalent corrupt practice in Saudi society, constituting about 62 percent of such practices. This finding shows that it is essential to examine such a practice not only as a legal issue, but also as a social issue. Accordingly, the first part of this dissertation is devoted to providing a legal and social analysis of the practice of wasta. Another significant finding of the Nazaha survey is that around 81 percent of respondents attributed the prevalence of corruption in Saudi Arabia to the complexity of procedures and the outdated nature of the laws. In light of this finding, the latter part of this dissertation undertakes an evaluation of the Anti-Bribery Law, which is one of the main legal instruments to fight corruption, and other legal provisions that intersect with it in order to highlight issues which may hinder the application of the Anti-Bribery Law and which consequently constitute legal factors that promote corruption.