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Advancing international understanding and cooperation in combating fraud and corruption: Recovering stolen assets—a new issue?

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This paper analyses the latest developments in the rapidly moving world of international asset recovery. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption of 2005 has fast become the global benchmark not only in efforts to combat corruption but also in the field of asset recovery. This article attempts to identify where the main developments have occurred in international asset recovery but also considers the historical efforts in the European Union to try to take the profit out of crime and analyses the effectiveness of the current plethora of European Union directives and initiatives in this area. The points made are illustrated with a number of prominent cases.

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Correspondence to Alan Bacarese.

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This is an updated version of a presentation given by the author at the Annual Forum on Combating Corruption and Fraud in the EU held at the Academy of European Law Trier on 19–20 February 2009. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Centre for Asset Recovery.

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Bacarese, A. Advancing international understanding and cooperation in combating fraud and corruption: Recovering stolen assets—a new issue?. ERA Forum 10, 421–434 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12027-009-0124-5

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