The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, or StAR, is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds.
StAR works with developing countries and financial centers “to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.”
One way it does that is by collecting and organizing information about completed and ongoing (active) asset recovery cases that have an international dimension.
The effort is called StAR Asset Recovery Watch. Its database is called the StAR Corruption Cases Search Center.
Included in the database are cases where the underlying offenses implicated (or are alleged to implicate) certain articles of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
Those articles are:
- Article 15. Bribery of national public officials
- Article 16. Bribery of foreign public officials and officials of public international organizations
- Article 17. Embezzlement, misappropriation or other diversion of property by a public official
- Article 18. Trading in influence
- Article 19. Abuse of functions
- Article 20. Illicit enrichment
- Article 23. Laundering of proceeds of crime
- Article 25. Obstruction of justice
All database entries are linked to the Legal Library of the UNCAC. That “provides a unique gateway to an electronic database of legislation and jurisprudence relevant to UNCAC from over 175 States systematized in accordance with the requirements of the Convention,” according to StAR.
To help keep the database complete and current, the StAR curators welcome feedback and input via [email protected].
The StAR Corruption Cases Search Center is here.
Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the FCPA Blog NYC Conference 2016.