Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade
Received: September 16, 2020
Accepted: November 23, 2020
UDK: 346.511(497.11) 343.85:343.352(497.11)
This paper considers the phenomenon of conflict of interest focusing on its main characteristics and manifestations in the normative framework of the Republic of Serbia. Normative concept depends on a variety of socio-political, cultural, economic, historical, traditional and other factors, so it could be concluded that conflict of interest is a kind of social construct. This means that it is necessary to take into account all of these causes in the notional definition of conflict of interest in relation to each individual society. The conflicts of different interests are an integral part of life in an organized community, and we can reasonably argue that the quality of such life to a large extent depends on the proper definition of the concept of conflict of interest and accordingly its adeqate regulation. The general conclusion is that some insufficiently defined institutes and concepts, such as the notion of public office in the new Law on Prevention of Corruption, stimulate the state of affairs, which can be described as "a net that catches small and lets big fish through." The new Law on Prevention of Corruption, which has not resolved certain problematic areas, at least when it comes to the part of the Law dedicated to the prevention of conflicts of interest.
KEY WORDS: conflict of interest / corruption/ democratic institutions/ public authorities/ Agency for Prevention of Corruption / Law on Prevention of Corruption