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Why The World Needs An Anti Corruption Court?
The 189 parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption are required to criminalize corrupt acts, and yet kleptocrats have impunity for grand corruption in the countries that they rule.
The International Anti Corruption Court is the leading advocate to hold the most rapacious kleptocrats and their co-conspirators accountable when their national governments are unable or unwilling to do so.
Grand corruption – the abuse of public power for private gain by a nation’s leaders (kleptocrats) – is a major barrier to responding effectively to pandemics, fighting climate change, promoting democracy and human rights, meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, establishing international peace and security, and securing a more just, rules-based global order.
It does not endure due to a lack of laws. There are 189 parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which requires them to have laws criminalizing varying forms of corruption. However, corrupt government officials – known as kleptocrats – have impunity in their own countries because they control the police, prosecutors, and courts.
The IACC fill's a crucial gap in the international framework for combatting grand corruption. The IACC enforces existing national and international anti-corruption laws, or a new international counterpart to them, against kleptocrats and their conspirators. The IACC is a court of last resort. Operating on the principle of complementarity, it only prosecutes if a member state were unwilling or unable to prosecute a case itself. In this way, the IACC may act as incentive for domestic governments to establish adequate anti-corruption processes while ensuring that corrupt leaders are held accountable where the effective processes do not yet exist.
Prosecution in the IACC would, in many cases, result in the incarceration of convicted kleptocrats and thus create the opportunity for the democratic process to replace them with honest leaders. It is also foreseeable that kleptocrats will not permit the countries they rule to join a court that would prosecute them.
Based on its Founding Treaties, the IACC has universal jurisdiction to prosecute crimes if any or all elements of the crime were committed within the territory of a member state or by a national of a member state, and could therefore tackle transnational criminal networks.
Not only would successful prosecution of a kleptocrat result in his or her incarceration, but it would also result in an order of restitution or disgorgement of illicit assets or gains for the benefit of victims. The IACC also has the potential to recover, repurpose, and repatriate stolen assets through sentences that include orders of restitution in criminal cases and possibly judgments in civil cases brought by whistleblowers, a small portion of which is used to fund the Court itself.
A supranational, neutral institution IACC serves as a venue of last resort to hold officials in these countries to account and to enforce internationally recognized protocols against corruption.