The United Nations Convention Against Corruption: A Commentary

ISBN : 9780198803959

Cecily Rose; Michael Kubiciel; Oliver Landwehr
768 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2019
Oxford Commentaries on International Law
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  • Provides systematic and comprehensive coverage of this vital treaty
  • Includes information about and analysis concerning domestic implementation
  • Provides autonomous interpretations of the terms used in the Convention and serves as useful guidance
  • Features contributions from both academics and practitioners

The United Nations Convention against Corruption includes 71 articles, and takes a notably comprehensive approach to the problem of corruption, as it addresses prevention, criminalization, international cooperation, and asset recovery. Since it came into force more than a decade ago, the Convention has attracted nearly universal participation by states. As a global and comprehensive convention, which establishes new rules in several areas of anti-corruption law and helps shape domestic laws and policies around the world, this treaty calls for scholarly study. 
This volume helps to fill a gap in existing academic literature by providing an invaluable reference work on the Convention. It provides systematic coverage of the treaty, with each chapter discussing the relevant travaux préparatoires, the text of the final article, comparisons with other anti-corruption treaties, and available information about domestic implementing legislation and enforcement. 
This commentary is designed to serve as a reference work for academics, lawyers, and policy-makers working in the anti-corruption field, and in the fields of transnational criminal law and domestic criminal law. Contributors include anti-corruption experts, scholars, and legal practitioners from around the globe.


Introduction, Cecily Rose, Michael Kubiciel, and Oliver Landwehr
Article 1. Statement of purpose, Cecily Rose
Article 2. Use of terms, Cornelia Spoerl
Article 3. Scope of application, Christina Binder and Jane Hofbauer
Article 4. Protection of sovereignty, Christian Pippan

Article 5. Preventive anti-corruption policies and practices, Indira Carr
Article 6. Preventive anti-corruption body or bodies, Indira Carr
Article 7. Public sector, Julio Bacio-Terracino
Article 8. Codes of conduct for public officials, Julio Bacio-Terracino
Article 9. Public procurement and management of public finances, Yseult Marique
Article 10. Public reporting, Sope Williams-Elegbe
Article 11. Measures relating to the judiciary and prosecution services, Willeke Slingerland
Article 12. Private sector, David Hess
Article 13. Participation of society, Merryl Lawry-White
Article 14. Measures to prevent money-laundering, Badr El Banna

Article 15. Bribery of national public officials, Michael Kubiciel
Article 16. Bribery of foreign public officials and officials of public international organizations, Michael Kubiciel
Article 17. Embezzlement, misappropriation or other diversion of property by a public official, Cecily Rose
Article 18. Trading in influence, Alloysius Llamzon
Article 19. Abuse of functions, Cecily Rose
Article 20. Illicit enrichment, Oliver Landwehr
Article 21. Bribery in the private sector, Michael Kubiciel
Article 22. Embezzlement of property in the private sector, David Hess
Article 23. Laundering of proceeds of crime, Badr El Banna
Article 24. Concealment, Philip Fitzgerald
Article 25. Obstruction of justice, Philip Fitzgerald
Article 26. Liability of legal persons, Leonardo Borlini
Article 27. Participation and attempt, Michael Kubiciel and Cornelia Spoerl
Article 28. Knowledge, intent and purpose as elements of an offence, Michael Kubiciel and Cornelia Spoerl
Article 29. Statute of limitations, Cecily Rose
Article 30. Prosecution, adjudication and sanctions, Thea Coventry
Article 31. Freezing, seizure and confiscation, Guillermo Jorge
Article 32. Protection of witnesses, experts and victims, Frank Zimmerman
Article 33. Protection of reporting persons, Alexander Baur
Article 34. Consequences of acts of corruption, Olaf Meyer
Article 35. Compensation for damage, Abiola Makinwa
Article 36. Specialized authorities, Willeke Slingerland
Article 37. Cooperation with law enforcement authorities, Philip Nichols
Article 38. Cooperation between national authorities, Philip Nichols
Article 39. Cooperation between national authorities and the private sector, Philip Nichols
Article 40. Bank secrecy, Oliver Landwehr
Article 41. Criminal record, Rob Currie
Article 42. Jurisdiction, Cedric Ryngaert and Friederycke Haijer

Article 43. International cooperation, Rob Currie
Article 44. Extradition, Neil Boister
Article 45. Transfer of sentenced persons, Neil Boister
Article 46. Mutual legal assistance, Dimosthenis Chrysikos
Article 47. Transfer of criminal proceedings, Frank Zimmermann
Article 48. Law enforcement cooperation, Saskia Hufnagel
Article 49. Joint investigations, Frank Zimmermann
Article 50. Special investigative techniques, Dimosthenis Chrysikos

Article 51. General provision, Jean Pierre Brun
Article 52. Prevention and detection of transfers of proceeds of crime, Badr El Banna
Article 53. Measures for direct recovery of property, Jean Pierre Brun
Article 54. Mechanisms for recovery of property through international cooperation in confiscation, Radha Ivory
Article 55. International cooperation for purposes of confiscation, Radha Ivory
Article 56. Special cooperation, Badr El Banna
Article 57. Return and disposal of assets, Pinar Olcer
Article 58. Financial intelligence unit, Pinar Olcer
Article 59. Bilateral and multilateral agreements and arrangements, Badr El Banna

Article 60. Training and technical assistance, Leonardo Borlini
Article 61. Collection, exchange and analysis of information on corruption, Leonardo Borlini
Article 62. Other measures: implementation of the Convention through economic development and technical assistance, Leonardo Borlini

Article 63. Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, Philippa Webb and Oliver Landwehr
Article 64. Secretariat, Oliver Landwehr

Article 65. Implementation of the Convention, Oliver Landwehr
Article 66. Settlement of disputes, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu
Article 67. Signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu
Article 68. Entry into force, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu
Article 69. Amendment, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu
Article 70. Denunciation, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu
Article 71. Depositary and languages, Christian Tams and Julian Scheu

About the author: 

Edited by Cecily Rose, Assistant Professor, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, Michael Kubiciel, Professor of German, European and International Criminal Law, Augsburg University, and Oliver Landwehr, Legal Officer, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Cecily Rose is an assistant professor of public international law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University. Before joining the Grotius Centre she worked as an associate legal officer at the International Court of Justice and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and in private practice. She holds a LL.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and B.A. (English) from Yale.

Michael Kubiciel is a professor of german, european and international criminal law at the University of Augsburg/Germany. His main fields of work are fraud/corruption, corporate crime and the internationalization of criminal law. In the last ten years he has acted as a consultant for several international organizations regarding anti-corruption policies, written several book-chapters, articles and a book in that field and has contributed to the official Technical Guide to UNCAC and the EU Anti-Corruption Report. Before joining the law faculty in Augsburg, Kubiciel worked professor at the University of Cologne, as an assistant professor at the University of Regensburg, as senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and as associate in the Düsseldorf office of Wessing Rechtsanwälte.

Oliver Landwehr is a legal officer at the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. He mainly works on the evaluation of national anti-corruption legislation in the framework of the Implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Prior to coming to UNODC, he worked as a référendaire (law clerk) in the chambers of two judges at the General Court of the EU, as a lecturer at King's College London School of Law and in private practice in an international law firm.



Julio Bacio-Terracino (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Alexander Baur (University of Hamburg)
Christina Binder (University of Vienna)
Neil Boister (University of Waikato)
Leonardo Borlini (Bocconi University)
Jean Pierre Brun (World Bank)
Indira Carr (University of Surrey)
David Chaikin (University of Sydney Business School)
Dimosthenis Chrysikos (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Thea Coventry (Leiden University)
Rob Currie (Dalhousie University)
Badr El Banna (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Philip Fitzgerald (Contributing editor of the FCPA blog)
Friederycke Haijer (Utrecht University)
David Hess (University of Michigan Ross School of Business)
Jane Hofbauer (University of Vienna)
Radha Ivory (University of Queensland)
Guillermo Jorge (San Andres University)
Merryl Lawry-White (Debevoise & Plimpton)
Aloysius Llamzon (King & Spalding)
Abiola Makinwa (Hague University of Applied Sciences)
Yseult Marique (University of Essex)
Olaf Meyer (Centre of European Law and Politics, Bremen University)
Philip Nichols (Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania)
Pinar Olcer (Leiden University)
Christian Pippan (University of Graz)
Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht University)
Julian Scheu (University of Cologne)
Willeke Slingerland (Saxon University of Applied Sciences)
Cornelia Spörl (University of Augsburg)
Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)
Philippa Webb (King's College London) Sope Williams-Elegbe (Stellenbosch University)
Frank Zimmermann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitãt Mũnchen)

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