Recovering Stolen Assets

With a preface by Eva Joly

by Mark Pieth (Volume editor)
©2008 Edited Collection XXXII, 391 Pages


Development efforts will remain frustrated so long as corrupt leaders continue to steal their countries’ wealth and dispose of these ill-gotten gains in foreign jurisdictions. The prevention of such looting, and the recovery of the stolen assets are thus critical development issues and a cornerstone of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (2003) (UNCAC). However, to date experience with asset recovery is limited, and a number of legal and other obstacles continue to impede progress.
This is the first comprehensive work on asset recovery, written by renowned practitioners and academics representing different legal systems and countries, all of whom have extensive experience in the asset recovery field. The authors notably discuss the ‘success stories’ of the past (the recovery of the assets of Sani Abacha, Ferdinand Marcos and Vladimiro Montesinos) and the concrete challenges for the future with regard to search, seizure, confiscation and repatriation of stolen assets. The book also provides perspectives on the role of technical assistance and donors in asset recovery and the likely impact of the UNCAC.


XXXII, 391
ISBN (Softcover)
International Law Switzerland /Criminal Law Vermögen Rückerstattung Internationales Recht Aufsatzsammlung Switzerland /Civil Law Comparative Law Administration Control Economic International Organisation
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XXXII, 391 pp.

Biographical notes

Mark Pieth (Volume editor)

The Editor: Mark Pieth is Professor for criminal law and President of the Basel Institute on Governance. From 1989-1993 he was head of section on economic and organised crime in the Swiss ministry of justice and police. Since 1990 he has chaired the OECD Working Group on Bribery. From 2003-2005 he was a member of the UN Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Program. Pieth is member of the Wolfsberg AML Group and board member of the WEF Partnering against Corruption Initiative.


Title: Recovering Stolen Assets