While it grows easier for corrupt agents to move—and to move the proceeds of their crimes—across borders, law enforcement continues to operate within national boundaries. Mutual legal assistance (MLA) is often required to bring the corrupt to justice and to recover assets. Today, existing mechanisms for mutual legal assistance are largely inadequate.
To strengthen regional cooperation and help improve practices for mutual legal assistance and asset recovery, the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific convened 170 policy makers, experts and practitioners from the region and beyond to exchange experiences on how to implement international standards for asset recovery and MLA, and how to overcome current shortcomings.
The presentations, analyses, and discussions among experts at the regional seminar in September 2007 are compiled in this publication. It is addressed to policy makers, practitioners, and experts who wish to learn from the experiences of other countries in strengthening frameworks and practices for mutual legal assistance and the recovery of assets.
Asset Recovery and Mutual Legal Assistance in Asia and the Pacific. ADB/OECD. Paris. 2008. ISBN 978-92-64-05572-8
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