|International Whistleblower Protections|
Major breakthrough for international whistleblowers!
On July 21, 2010 President Obama signed legislation that permits whistleblowers, including foreign nationals, to apply for monetary rewards based on reporting bribery prohibited under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandates that the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) pay whistleblowers monetary rewards if they provide the U.S. government with information that leads to the successful enforcement of the FCPA. The act is applicable even if bribes are paid in a foreign country and the whistleblower is a foreign national.
Click here to read the SEC's Final Rules for the Dodd-Frank Act.
Click here to see a list of foreign companies registered in the United States and covered under the FCPA.
Please click on the world map above for information on whistleblower laws,organizations, and news for a particular country. Help us keep the international pages up-to-date and accurate. If you have information that should be added to the page for any country please contact us.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Whistleblowing
The FCPA prohibits thousands of corporations, both U.S. and international, from paying bribes to foreign officials and mandates proper financial record keeping. Click here to read the FCPA in English and 14 other languages.Those qualified to receive a monetary reward under the FCPA include "whistleblowers" that "voluntarily" submit "original information" that leads to the successful enforcement of the violation and collection of "monetary sanctions." Under the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblowers can submit claims "anonymously." The Dodd-Frank Act disqualifies some individuals from obtaining a whistleblower reward. The U.S. government has successfully prosecuted many foreign nationals and foreign corporations under the FCPA. Two of the largest sanctions imposed under the FCPA:
Click here for more examples of successfully prosecuted violations of the FCPA.
In addition to the FCPA, other U.S. whistleblower laws may also be applicable internationally, including the following:
Obtain Legal Assistance
Individuals who have information concerning the payment of bribes to foreign officials in ANY nation are strongly advised to seek legal representation to determine whether they may qualify for a reward. Those who wish to confidentially report violations of the FCPA may utilize a special intake form to contact the National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund (NWLDEF). Click here to access the NWLDEF confidential report form. The Fund is a public interest law firm that can provide legal representation or an attorney referral in appropriate situations. All communications with the Fund are deemed attorney client privileged to the fullest extent of U.S. law (NOTE:All requests must be sent in English).
NWC International Program
For example, in 2008 the NWC Executive Director was invited by the United States Embassy in Hungary to meet with government leaders, including the Minister of Justice, and non-governmental organizations in order to fully explain the integral role whistleblowers play in anti-corruption programs. For more information on the NWC's actions in Hungary please click here. In September 2009, the Executive Director made a similar visit to Montenegro. Representatives of the NWC have also spoken at international anti-corruption/whistleblower protection conferences and workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel; Prague, Czech Republic; and Seoul, South Korea. For information on the NWC's international training program, please contact us.
Model Whistleblower Law
In 2000 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that whistleblowers that face persecution in their home countries might be entitled to political asylum in the United States. Numerous other U.S. courts have now adopted the holding. Please click here for more information.Links to International Organizations