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A Commentary on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption

This commentary on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption discusses each provision of the treaty, traces the provisions’ drafting history, and explores their implementation in domestic legal systems.

2015 - 2018
Cecily Rose

The 2003 United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) plays an important but understudied role in shaping domestic legal responses to a wide range of corrupt conduct, from bribery to embezzlement to trading in influence. The UNCAC takes a comprehensive approach to the problem of corruption, as it addresses the prevention of corrupt conduct as well as its criminalization in domestic legal systems, international cooperation, and the recovery of stolen assets.  With 175 States currently party to UNCAC, the treaty enjoys nearly universal participation and has worldwide relevance. This commentary on UNCAC will therefore be of great value to both practitioners and academics. The commentary will proceed article-by-article, with each entry discussing the relevant drafting history, the text of the final article, and some examples of domestic implementing legislation. 

This edited commentary is a part of series of legal commentaries published by Oxford University Press on treaties.  The contributors to this commentary include leading scholars and practitioners in the anti-corruption field. 

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