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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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GRETTA FENNER ZINKERNAGEL, CHARLES MONTEITH, PEDRO GOMES PEREIRA Acknowledgements The Basel Institute and the editors would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the authors who have contributed to this publica- tion. It is only because of their dedication that this book was ready to be launched at the 5th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Panama in No- vember 2013. The authors in this book bring together rich expertise and unfailing commitment to the cause of recovering stolen assets, and we are grateful to have them as our partners in this endeavour. Our heartfelt thanks also go to Nina Schild and Andrew Dorn- bierer from the Basel Institute on Governance, and to Amanda Dooley, freelance editor, for their dedicated work and invaluable sup- port. Finally, we wish to express our profound appreciation to the Gov- ernment of Liechtenstein, the Swiss Agency for Development Coop- eration (SDC) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). With their funding, the Basel Institute’s Inter- national Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) can continue to support countries from around the world in their efforts to recover stolen as- sets. And through this, these three countries are making a unique con- tribution to this cause.

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