Anti-corruption law enforcement networks and organizations

The GlobE Network engaged in discussions to cooperate with and complement the work of a number of effective regional and international anti-corruption networks and bodies. Our aim is to make sure all States Parties to UNCAC and their anti-corruption authorities have access to these important resources.

Established in 1998, the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a regional anti-corruption programme that  brings national governments from more than 20 countries in the region together with the OECD governments, as well as civil society and business representatives. International organizations and international financial institutions also take an active part in ACN activities. The main objective of the ACN is to support its participating countries in their fight against corruption by providing a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination. An informal group of law enforcement officials - an ACN Law Enforcement Network (ACN LEN) has operated since 2010. The main objective of the ACN LEN is to help law-enforcement practitioners working on corruption cases to build their capacity and to learn about modern investigation and prosecution techniques. The LEN also enhances professional contacts throughout the ACN region, which are necessary for effective investigation and prosecution of complex cross border corruption cases. The LEN meets annually and the Secretariat serves as the main conduit of communication between its members. The members of the LEN are law enforcement practitioners and prosecutors working on corruption cases, including those from specialized anti-corruption investigative and prosecutorial bodies. 

Launched in 1999, the Asian Development Bank / Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Anti-Corruption Initiative includes 33 member economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Initiative has three main workstreams, a law enforcement network, a public integrity network and a business integrity network The law enforcement network was established in 2015 and has met three times. The law enforcement network brings together law enforcement practitioners who are directly involved in investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery and related offences in the Asia-Pacific region. The LEN provides a forum for enhancing capacity amongst anti-corruption law enforcement practitioners through building expertise, acquiring new tools and developing professional networks and contacts.

The Asset Recovery Interagency Network for Asia Pacific was officially launched in November 2013 and serves as a cooperative group for all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime in the region. The aim of ARIN-AP is to increase the effectiveness of members’ efforts in depriving criminals of their illicit profits on a multi-agency basis by establishing itself as the center of professionals’ network in tackling the proceeds of crime.

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for the Caribbean was launched in 2017 to establish a network of contact points in the region and focus on all aspects of Asset Recovery activities. It is an informal network of law enforcement and judicial practitioners specializing in the recovery of the proceeds of crime and the prosecution of related criminal offences including money laundering and the trafficking of drugs, firearms and people.

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for East Africa was founded in 2013 to exchange information on individuals, companies and assets at the international level with the intention of facilitating the pursuit and recovery of proceeds of unlawful activities and to deprive criminals of their illicit profits within the Eastern African region and to cooperate with other asset recovery networks globally.

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Southern Africa was founded in 2009 to help member states exchange information and model legislation in asset forfeiture, confiscation and money laundering.

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa was founded in 2014 to facilitate the pursuit and recovery of proceeds of unlawful activities. It is an informal
regional network of practitioners and a cooperative group in the field of identification, seizure, confiscation and management of the proceeds of crime.

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network—West and Central Asia was officially launched in November 2018 as an informal network of contacts across the region. It aims to increase the effectiveness of members’ individual efforts in depriving criminals of their illicit profits, on a multiagency basis, through international collaboration.

The Camden Asset Recovery Interagency Network was established in 2004. It is an informal network of law enforcement, judicial practitioners, and specialists in the field of asset tracing, freezing, seizure, and confiscation. It is an interagency network. Each member state is represented by a law enforcement officer and a judicial expert (prosecutor, investigating judge depending on the legal system).

The Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons (CNCP), created in 2007, was established to improve and enhance international assistance and cooperation in criminal cases through facilitating international co-operation in criminal cases between the Commonwealth Member States, including mutual legal assistance and extradition and through providing the legal and practical information necessary to the authorities in their own country and in the Commonwealth Member States wishing to invoke international cooperation. CNCP comprises of at least one Contact Person from each of the jurisdictions of the Commonwealth. The Contact Person of CNCP does not act as the Central Authority of a member State unless the Central Authority also acts as Contact Person.

The Egmont Group is a global operational organization of 167 Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs). The Egmont Group provides a platform for the member FIUs to securely exchange operational financial intelligence and expertise to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. 

The European Judicial Network (EJN) is a network of national contact points for the facilitation of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The EJN is composed of Contact Points in the Member States designated by each Member State among central authorities in charge of international judicial cooperation and the judicial authorities or other competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the field of international judicial cooperation. The main role of the EJN Contact Points, defined by the EJN Decision as “active intermediaries”, is to facilitate judicial cooperation in criminal matters between the EU Member States

The European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) is an independent, informal network bringing together more than 70 anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies from Council of Europe Member Countries. EPAC offers a medium for practitioners to share experiences, identify opportunities, and cooperate across national borders in developing common strategies and high professional standards.

The European Union Agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol) has the objective to support and strengthen action by the competent authorities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in preventing and combating serious crime affecting two or more Member States, terrorism and forms of crime which affect a common interest covered by a Union policy.

To fight corruption in all its forms, Europol has a created a dedicated Analysis Project (AP) under the name of AP CORRUPTION which is embedded in the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC) at Europol. AP CORRUPTION has a Network of Designated Experts in its participating Member States and is actively engaged in supporting Member States’ investigations into complex and cross-border corruption cases.

The OECD initiated the Global Law Enforcement Network against Transnational Bribery (GLEN) in 2015 to strengthen global enforcement actions against cross-border complex corruption crimes. The GLEN serves as a platform to promote international cooperation among law-enforcement practitioners from OECD and key non-member countries in the investigation and prosecution of complex cross-border corruption crimes, as well as to establish professional contacts and provide a framework for developing technical capacities through peer learning, exchange of experience and good practices. The GLEN is modelled after the informal group of the Law Enforcement Officials Meeting of the WGB LEO. The GLEN meetings take place biennially at the OECD headquarters, back-to-back with WGB LEOs Meetings, which allows law-enforcement practitioners from all key countries around the world, including all G20 countries, to meet together. No permanent membership to the GLEN is envisaged, while the network is open to all countries that are active in their law enforcement efforts against corruption. The OECD provides a professional and stable Secretariat to the GLEN, an essential component for a sound- functioning international network.

The Ibero-American Network of Prosecutors against Corruption was established at the XXV Ordinary General Assembly of the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors - AIAMP, held on 15-16 November 2017, in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to strengthen the work that was being developed within the framework of the Working Group to Combat Corruption that preceded it, under the coordination of the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor, who acts as official contact point. In 2018, a Declaration was approved in order to promote the Network as a space for international cooperation to strengthen joint work in the fight against corruption. In 2019, the constitutive Statute and the Network's Work Plan were approved and the Network launched the publication “Good Practices - Fight against corruption”, with chapters produced by specialized prosecutors from twelve countries who shared their experiences in investigations, formation of joint teams, legislation, among others successful Anti-Corruption mechanisms. The publication was followed by an audiovisual series, launched in April 2020. In 2020, in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Work Plan, focused on three main axes (cooperation for the identification of beneficiaries and politically exposed persons, collaborative justice mechanisms, and corruption and gender) was launched.

The International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC) brings together specialist law enforcement officers from multiple agencies around the world to tackle allegations of grand corruption. The centre aims at improving fast-time intelligence sharing, assist countries that have suffered grand corruption and help bring corrupt elites to justice. The IACCC comprises eight law enforcement agencies participants and eight Associate Members. Any country can seek operational assistance from the IACCC.

The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is the only worldwide organization of prosecutors. It was established in 1995 and now has more than 183 organizational members from over 177 different countries, representing every continent, as well as many individual members. The Association has individual members (lawyers who are or have been prosecutors) and organizational members (association of prosecutors, prosecution services organized on a country jurisdictional basis and organization, agency or foundation established for the promotion of crime pre­vention measures and the functions of which are closely connected with the prosecu­tion).

Launched in 2009, the INTERPOL/StAR Global Focal Point Network (GFPN) is a secure means of information exchange among authorized users with a technical and strategic anti-corruption and asset recovery knowledge hub. It is designed to assist all registered focal points comprising of asset recovery practitioners, anti-corruption officials, national police, prosecutors and other judicial officials in locating and recovering of stolen assets as well as anti-corruption matters. It is also designed to assist investigators in tracking stolen assets held by corrupt officials and entities, promote investigators knowledge on diverse legal systems and strengthen trust between anti-corruption and other law enforcement practitioners.  To further enhance the GFPN tools and service delivery, all authorized users on the network will be migrated to the new INTERPOL Secure Collaborative Platform (SCP). The new tool is to allow users assess the contact details of other focal points from other jurisdictions, legislative, administrative and judicial frameworks of registered members jurisdictions. It is also designed to enhance non-operational information exchange, knowledge management and exchange of operational information during time bound operations.

The Latin America & Caribbean Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Network (LAC LEN), which was established in 2018, aims to equip law enforcement authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean with the necessary tools, capacity and expertise to effectively investigate and prosecute complex corruption cases, including transnational ones. It also provides a vital platform for informal exchange of information to facilitate the provision of legal assistance among its members. The Network meets annually. 

The Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcements Agencies (ACT-NET), which was established as a subsidiary body of the APEC Anticorruption and Transparency Working Group (ACTWG) in Indonesia, 2013. The ACT-NET, consistent with each economy’s legal system, has three main functions:

  • To establish and develop an inter-economy informal network connecting regional anti-corruption and law enforcement officers to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for the investigation and prosecution of corruption, bribery, money laundering and illicit trade, as well as for the identification and return of the proceeds of these crimes.
  • To share experiences, case studies, investigative techniques, investigative tools, and effective practices to help build more efficient cross-border cooperation in and enhance the capacity of economies’ fights against corruption in the areas mentioned above, in close coordination with the ACTWG, relevant international organizations and other stakeholders.
  • To provide an informal platform for bilateral or multilateral case cooperation to advance pragmatic anti-corruption cooperation activities in support of APEC economies’ international commitments in this area.

The Network of Law Enforcement Officials under the OECD Working Group on Bribery (WGB) meets twice a year and brings together exclusively law enforcement officials from the 44 countries of the WGB (all 37 OECD countries and 7 non-OECD countries).

The Red de Recuperación de Activos de GAFILAT is a network for exchange of information between contact points and practitioners in asset recovery, initiated by the United Nations, Organization of American States (OAS), INTERPOL and GAFISUD for South American countries. It aims to facilitate the identification and location of assets, products or instruments derived from illegal activities. It was established in 2009. Since October 2010, RRAG has had an electronic platform for the secure exchange of information, which is located and maintained by the Financial Intelligence Unit of Costa Rica.

The Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) is an intergovernmental regional organization, which deals solely with anti-corruption issues. Its mission is to lead regional cooperation to support anticorruption efforts by providing a common platform for discussions through sharing knowledge and best practices.