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The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens Gabriel Zucman, (Chicago 2015).The Public Wealth of Nations: How Management of Public Assets Can Boost...

StAR, asset recovery and the global toolbox against corruption

Recent events in the Arab World have shown that in the wake of civil chaos, kleptocratic elites often perpetrate economic crimes for personal gain. Fortunately, the international community holds one more tool in its global toolbox to help fight the impunity that is so often associated with grand corruption: the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative.   

 

Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC)

The Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) entered its 36th anniversary this February. After years of relentless efforts from the Government, graft fighters and the community ...

The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention – successes and future challenges

Bribing public officials to obtain advantages in international business raises serious moral and political concerns, undermines good governance and sustainable economic development and distorts international competition.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – developments in 2009 and expectations for 2010

As of 2 December 2009, the agencies had collectively brought actions against eleven corporations and an unprecedented twenty individuals for charges relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act1 which prohibits the bribing of non-US officials

Corruption:A global problem requiring global solutions

The role of reputable centres is frequently exaggerated by the media, politicians, onshore regulators and law enforcement, international agencies and (not least) religious/charitable organisations, sometimes with misconceived, misguided or misdirected agendas and numbers picked off a dart board

Fighting International Corruption – Canadian Law Initiatives

Canada has long had laws prohibiting public corruption within its borders and more recently has enacted legislation respecting corruption of foreign officials. This paper outlines and discusses Canadian approaches to international public corruption by considering Canadian adherence to international conventions, Canadian law per se and ... 

Corruption and the Bribery Bill 2009

Nowadays, in the brave new world of globalisation, monitoring is omnipresent, and few countries are bold or foolhardy enough to legislate indifferent to how such formulations will be received. Not only legislation but also policing (not just police) resources and prosecutions/regulation are under scrutiny. 

Fighting impunity: Recent international asset recovery efforts to combat corruption

While useful steps are being made by the international community to produce asset recovery policy papers and knowledge products, this should not overshadow the important advances conducted in prosecutors’ offices, law firms, justice ministries and court houses around the world.
 

Global corruption: Where do we stand?

Many of us have a notion of corruption that is framed by images of envelopes filled with money that business people or their intermediaries give to public officials to gain an undue advantage in contracting, licensing and other business-related processes in all corners of the world. 

History, experience and workings of the Basel Institute on Governance

Initially devoted to developing and promoting compliance industry standards, the Basel Institute on Governance then expanded its activities into anti-money laundering, compliance systems for the private sector, policy advice in the area of anti-corruption ...