How are Anti-corruption conventions useful?

Anti-corruption conventions are especially important in providing a framework for addressing cross-border issues.

They facilitate international cooperation in law enforcement by requiring countries to make the same conduct illegal, harmonising the legal and institutional frameworks for law enforcement and establishing cooperative mechanisms.

They also establish, to varying degrees, valuable common standards for domestic institutions, policies, processes and practices which buttress anti-corruption efforts at the national level.

The existence of anti-corruption conventions is evidence of   how seriously the international community takes the anti-corruption problem and the need for common solutions.

The standards and requirements that these conventions   establish for governments carry great weight, given the conventions’ binding nature and   international backing, and they remain in place while national governments come and go.

Conventions can therefore generate peer (government to government) and public pressure on governments to comply with the standards and requirements laid down.

They serve as tools for citizens and civil society organisations to hold their governments accountable on matters of anti-corruption performance.

They provide fora in which governments can meet to discuss corruption issues, align concepts and review anti-corruption efforts, with inputs from non-governmental actors. 


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