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Emerging Trends in Asset Recovery

Gretta Fenner-Zinkernagel, Charles Monteith and Pedro Gomes Pereira

Street protests in the ‘Arab Spring’ countries have illustrated that public demand for recovering stolen assets has grown exponentially, as have expectations by concerned populations and governments. From a topic discussed in expert forums, it has thus become a topic of the people. The question is: Have practitioners and policy makers delivered on these expectations?
Clearly, since the ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) ten years ago, much progress has been made in streamlining respective legal and institutional frameworks. On the other hand, we also find that practical successes on the ground remain few and far apart, and largely limited to a handful of countries.
This book asks why and, through the voice of renowned practitioners from a broad range of affected countries, analyses challenges that remain, identifies new stumbling blocks that have cropped up, and discusses practical solutions that are being tested with a view to overcoming these.
The book is published by the Basel Institute on Governance’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR).

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Basel Institute on Governance International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent non-for-profit competence centre specialised in corruption prevention, public and global governance, corporate governance and compliance, anti-money laundering, criminal law enforcement and the recovery of stolen as- sets. While based in Basel, Switzerland, the Institute’s multi- disciplinary and international team works around the world with pub- lic and private organisations towards its mission of tangibly improving the quality of governance globally. In 2006, the Basel Institute established the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) as an in-house hub of expertise to support developing countries around the world in strengthening their capacities to recover stolen assets. For this purpose, ICAR experts train officials in financial investigation and asset tracing techniques, mutual legal assistance and international cooperation in relation to corruption and money laundering cases. ICAR further assists countries by facilitating mutual legal assistance and providing advice to concerned law enforcement authorities in handling specific asset recovery cases. ICAR also provides ICT advisory services and develops IT-based tools, including e-learning programmes, in support of financial investigations and asset recovery. Basel Institute on Governance International Centre for Asset Recovery Steinenring 60, 4051 Basel, Switzerland Phone +41 61 205 55 11 info@baselgovernance.org www.baselgovernance.org

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