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StAR Practitioner’s Meeting on Illicit Enrichment

The Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative is convening a practitioner’s meeting on illicit enrichment from 28-29 April 2011 at Building C 2-150 at the World Bank in Washington DC. It is being organized in the context of a study on illicit enrichment currently being undertaken by the StAR Initiative.

The crime of illicit enrichment, also known as disproportionate wealth, is described in Article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as a “significant increase in the assets of a public official that he or she cannot reasonably explain in relation to his or her lawful income”. While several jurisdictions have successfully enacted and enforced illicit enrichment, others consider it inconsistent with their constitutions, and fundamental principles. As a result, a resolution of the Conference of States Parties of the UNCAC called for further study and analysis of the results of asset recovery actions built on illicit enrichment and, where appropriate, how legal presumptions, measures to shift the burden of proof and the examination of illicit enrichment frameworks could facilitate the prosecution of corruption and ultimately the recovery of corruption proceeds. This study, will therefore contribute to the further consideration of illicit enrichment by the Conference of State Parties of the UNCAC.

The objective of the practitioners’ meeting is to convene an international meeting of experts on the crime of illicit enrichment, and to provide them with an opportunity to discuss and critically review the draft study on illicit enrichment. Further, this event will provide a forum for discussion of the actions that need to be taken to strengthen effectiveness of illicit enrichment as an anti-corruption mechanism. Following this meeting, suggestions by the experts will be reflected in the revisions to the study, which is expected to be finalized in June 2011.

Kindly note that this will be a closed meeting. For any questions regarding this meeting, please contact the StAR Initiative at starinitiative@worldbank.org or lmuzila@worldbank.org. You may also contact via telephone at +1-202-473-7828 or by fax at +1-202-522-7132.

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