Ahead of the Curve: The OAS as a Pioneer of International Anti-Corruption Efforts

  • Mathis Lohaus
Part of the Governance and Limited Statehood Series book series (GLS)


Among international and regional organizations, the Organization of American States (OAS) was the first to adopt a binding treaty dedicated to anti-corruption. In 1996, it passed the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC), which was subsequently signed and ratified by the vast majority of member states. The document established a definition of corruption and committed states in the Americas to preventing and punishing it. Moreover, it provided the starting point for a mechanism of regional cooperation (MESICIC), which was established in 2001.


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© Mathis Lohaus 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathis Lohaus
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  1. 1.Berlin Graduate School for Transnational StudiesGermany

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