Co-Chair
Leopoldo Pagotto

Co-Chair
Sophie Scemla

Anti-Corruption Committee

The Anti-Corruption Committee provides an international forum for private and public-sector practitioners to meet and discuss anti-corruption laws, compliance practices, enforcement trends and asset recovery issues.

About the Committee

Welcome to the Anti-Corruption Committee online. Here you will find information, updates, news and other resources relevant to your committee.

The Anti-Corruption Committee provides an international forum for private and public-sector practitioners to meet and discuss anti-corruption laws, compliance practices, enforcement trends and asset recovery issues.

It facilitates the sharing of best practice and the regular communication of legal and other developments, including new legislation, case-law, prosecution guidance and government policy, as well as developments in civil society, the private sector and international organisations. Committee members have the opportunity to assist one another in understanding transnational corruption, share domestic legal expertise and extend their professional experience internationally.

The committee’s regular conferences and newsletters allow members to stay abreast of developments in this fast-moving area and form a better understanding of the anti-corruption standards and practices in different countries.

The committee wishes in particular to assist practitioners in areas where anti-corruption laws and procedures are relatively under-developed or under-enforced.

Latest news

Independent Professions Fighting Corruption

IBA Anti-Corruption Committee Co-Chair, Leopoldo Pagotto, spoke during the panel Independent Professions Fighting Corruption on 2 June 2021. The event was organised by the IBA and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the focus was on ethics, independence and the role the professions play as allies in anti-corruption.

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Projects, Reports and Resolutions

'Going for Broke': Can insolvency proceedings help recover corrupt assets? (published 2019)

Acknowledging the high price of corruption, some governments and international institutions are attempting to return stolen assets to public coffers. The UNODC-World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) is committed to supporting such efforts.

A recently launched new book - Going for Broke, written by StAR jointly with the IBA, through the Asset Recovery Subcommittee of the Anti-Corruption Committee, outlines an underutilized way to pursue the restitution of corrupt funds: insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. These proceedings offer a suite of alternative tools and procedures that can, in certain circumstances, cut through the red tape and return stolen assets to victims.

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Structured Settlements for Corruption Offences: Towards Global Standards (published 2018)

In 2016, the Structured Criminal Settlements Subcommittee (SCSS) of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee commenced a two-year project entitled, ‘Towards Global Standards in Structured Settlements for Corruption Offences.’ The objective of this project was to map the evolving settlement practices for corruption cases of countries across the globe. The project hopes to add to the growing discussion on whether, and to what extent, there is a need for global standards.

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Anti-Corruption Law and Practice Report 2017: Innovation in Enforcement and Compliance

This report, produced by the Drivers of Corruption Subcommittee, outlines the latest trend and debates in enforcement and compliance innovation.

It explores seven key areas at the centre of reform and debate: negotiated/structured settlements; corporate criminal liability; corruption and human rights; whistleblowing; internal investigations; collective action; and corporate compliance and behavioural regulation.

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Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession

An IBA, OECD and UNODC initiative to raise awareness of international corruption among legal professionals.

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Resolutions

Does the world want to fight corruption?

The most well-known provision of the Hammurabi Code is this: ‘If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out (an eye for an eye).’ This is not the only criminal provision in the Hammurabi Code.

Released on May 19, 2021

Considerations for managing your anti-corruption compliance programme

The severity of the business disruption caused by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic varies by sector, region and country. In some companies, the business slowdown may leave compliance departments with reduced staff and workloads.

Released on May 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on Serbia’s legal landscape

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought multiple impacts on legal and judicial systems in several countries, some of which have affected transparency and could cause corruption risks, including in procurement processes. Serbia is no exception.

Released on May 18, 2020

Fast global fiscal response in a crisis

The unprecedented spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an enormous global response to help fight the virus, improve health and safety and respond to the economic impact of a worldwide lockdown.

Released on May 18, 2020

IMF Covid-19 crisis funding: an opportunity to fight corruption

A record number of over 90 countries have requested financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and its colossal economic impact. In response, the IMF has pledged to place its US$1trn in lending capacity at the service of countries in need.

Released on May 18, 2020

Subcommittees and other groups

The Anti-Corruption Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.