UNCAC Legal Library

Building primarily on information elicited through the self-assessment checklist, the UNCAC Legal Library is designed to gather, organize, analyze and disseminate updated and validated legal knowledge on the national level. As such, the Library is developing as an electronic repository of corruption-related information and knowledge, including anti-corruption laws related to the requirements of UNCAC, regulations, administrative practices and cases. Administered by UNODC and supported by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative, the Library will be technologically compatible with the comprehensive self-assessment checklist. This will enable the migration and public availability of legal information generated by States as part of the mechanism for the review of implementation of the Convention.

The objective of the UNCAC Legal Library is not only to collect national legislation, but also to demonstrate in a practical and user-friendly way how each State has implemented the provisions of the Convention and what tasks still lie ahead. UNODC has collected an initial data set of laws fromĀ over 120 States and has conducted a detailed analytical breakdown of how that legislation relates to the provisions of the Convention. The UNCAC Legal Library is expected to become publicly available in the first half of 2011.

Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge (TRACK)

The key objective of TRACK is to provide a web-based portal and collaborative forum to facilitate the collection and dissemination of knowledge related to the Convention. The Consortium will be a platform of legal and non-legal knowledge on anti-corruption and asset recovery matters that would bring together reputable regional and international institutions. This will enable Member States, the anti-corruption community and the general public to access the anti-corruption and asset recovery knowledge generated by such institutions in a central location. A non-exclusive list of organizations active in the field of anti-corruption includes:

  • the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities
  • the United Nations Development Programme
  • the World Bank
  • the Asian Development Bank
  • the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • the Basel Institute of Governance
  • the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.

While the generation of knowledge on anti-corruption and asset recovery remains an undertaking that such institutions may wish to carry out individually, TRACK creates a single site where such knowledge can be accessed, including case studies, best practices and policy analyses. Like the UNCAC Legal Library, TRACK will be fully compatible with other anti-corruption and asset recovery tools and applications, such as the UNODC database of asset recovery focal points and the expanded Mutual Legal Assistance Request Writer Tool currently under development.

A blueprint of TRACK was presented to and positively received by the Conference of the States Parties at its third session and to the meetings of its working groups. Microsoft provided the technology necessary to develop such a blueprint as a pro bono contribution to the anti-corruption work of the United Nations. UNODC is exploring the possibility of expanding its partnership with Microsoft in order to develop the entire portal, which was launched on 1 September 2011.