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Part II UN Core Conventions on Transnational Organised Crime, 11 The United Nations Convention against Corruption and its Criminal Law Provisions

Michael Kubiciel, Anna Cornelia Rink

From: International Law and Transnational Organised Crime

Edited By: Pierre Hauck, Sven Peterke

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 December 2020

Organized crime — Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) from 2003 marks the peak of a broad international development in the fight against corruption, which started in the early 1990s. In recent years, it has been signed and ratified by an overwhelming majority of states. Although the UNCAC is not just a criminal law convention, but encompasses a multitude of rules on prevention, asset recovery, and international cooperation, it also includes a comprehensive arsenal of criminal law provisions. This chapter explores the origin of the UNCAC as a whole and the background and scope of all its criminal law provisions, both mandatory and discretionary.

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