The return of assets is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The Convention in its Chapter V provides a unique framework for the identification, tracing, freezing, seizure, confiscation and final disposal of proceeds of corruption. UNODC and the StAR Initiative assist States in fully implementing Chapter V.
Together with the World Bank, UNODC has established an innovative partnership, the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative. StAR supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds. StAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.
Asset Recovery Guides contain information on the asset recovery measures applicable within the respective countries, with a view to enhancing transparency the asset recovery process and expediting the procedures. They address the respective requirements for seizing, freezing and confiscation of assets, provide information on the evidentiary standards and give guidance on the competent authorities and contact points.
Search the Legal Library by article of Chapter V. The Legal library contains laws, jurisprudence and information on anti-corruption authorities from over 175 States worldwide, indexed and searchable according to each provision of the Convention.
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