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Non-State Actors in Asset Recovery

Edited By Daniel Thelesklaf and Pedro Gomes Pereira

Non-state actors are of fundamental importance in the prevention and combating of corruption within asset recovery processes. Their roles and responsibilities were considered during an experts’ meeting hosted by the Basel Institute on Governance and the International Anti-Corruption Academy in September 2010.
This book contains essays presented at the meeting, written by practitioners and academics with extensive experiences in the numerous fields which comprise asset recovery processes. The contributions offer a diversity of views on roles which non-state actors (can) play in preventing and combating corruption and other forms of financial crimes.
The editors conclude by offering insights into ongoing challenges in asset recovery processes and ways to overcome these challenges.

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ii whether providing lists of PEPs or other forms of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to allow for a more efficient con- trol of the flow of information and allow for more effective preventive measures. The legal sector also plays an important role both in the prevention – by providing correct information to their clients, so as to prevent unlawfulness of their actions – and in litigation, by ensuring that the rule of law is upheld and criminals are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions. On the other side of the spectrum, there are the NGOs, which monitor the state and international initiatives and actions to ensure the democratic processes. They assist in ensuring checks and balances with the asset recovery process. These either act on a policy-making level, or seek a more hands-on approach, often partnering with law firms to litigate for the rights of the victim country. They also play an important role in ensuring greater transparency in monitoring the as- sets returned to victim countries. Bearing this in mind, the Basel Institute on Governance (in co- organisation with the IACA) hosted and experts’ meeting in Septem- ber 2010 with NSAs that play an important role in the asset recovery processes. Attendance to the meeting included prominent NSAs from both developing and developed countries that play and important and active role in the asset recovery processes. During the meeting a di- verse group of NSAs discussed their experiences and initiatives in the asset recovery process and drew...

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