The Global Programme against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) has developed, in collaboration with UNODC's Legal Advisory Section and International Monetary Fund (IMF), model laws for both common law and civil law legal systems, to assist countries in setting up their anti-money-laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation in full compliance with the international legal instruments, and in particular the 40 + 9 FATF Recommendations, the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and the 2000 United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
In this regard, the following three model laws have been developed:
- The 2005 UNODC and IMF Model-Legislation on Money-Laundering and Financing of Terrorism has been reviewed and finalized by an informal group of international civil law experts.
- The 2009 Model Provisions for Common Law Legal Systems on Money-Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Preventive Measures and the Proceeds of Crime, which has been finalized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in joint collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and by a panel of experts from common law countries.
These model laws, which serve as working tools for Member States, are in a continuous process of upgrading, encompassing new international standards. The laws are intended to be adjusted to the particularities of national legal systems and administrative cultures.