The Practitioners’ Corner is intended to serve two main types of practitioners in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery: anti-corruption authorities as well as central authorities for mutual legal assistance and asset recovery focal points.
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In many countries and regions, the work of anti-corruption authorities still tends to be relatively localized, with members often not knowing who their counterparts are even in neighboring countries. Often, the role of anti-corruption authorities could be strengthened, particularly when it comes to investigations and cases with a cross-jurisdictional dimension. To this end, UNODC has created a platform to allow the establishment of a global and regional forum/network of anti-corruption authorities. The platform is a way to facilitate exchange of information in respect of trans-border crime and corruption cases and to share best practices in the area of investigations. Members of anti-corruption authorities who have registered and been given access to the site will be able to exchange information, schedule events, identify their counterparts and collaborate directly with each other. As a global forum, the platform complements other regional and local networks in existence or under development.
Mutual Legal Assistance and Asset Recovery
As central government offices for receiving and handling mutual legal assistance (MLA) requests, central authorities play an important role in the fight against transnational crime and corruption. Yet often contact details are difficult to find and communication channels are hard to establish. While the UN Convention against Corruption requires States parties to designate a central authority and to notify the UN of its existence (article 46, paragraph 13), at present not all necessary information is available and few resources for practitioners exist. The Practitioners’ Corner allows registered members of national central authorities for MLA to identify and communicate with each other, share information, schedule events and collaborate.
Asset recovery practitioners undertaking the initial planning and implementation of cross-jurisdictional asset recovery cases also often face challenges in identifying and communicating with their counterparts in other jurisdictions. As such, the Practitioners’ Corner provides a central location to facilitate such communication and collaboration for registered users. This community of practice supplements other regional and local networks in existence or under development.