If, after reading this Guide, you are thinking about taking legal action to challenge corruption. We recommend seeking support from an anti-corruption organisation and undertaking further research. The links below may help you with this.
International Lawyers Project
ILP’s global network helps NGOs and investigative journalists whose work follows this multi-jurisdictional path. Alongside ILP’s traditional role organising representation, advice and trial monitoring for journalists uncovering corruption who have been subject to unlawful arrest, imprisonment, and harassment, ILP supports civil society and investigative media consortiums hoping to exploit new data from large corruption leaks to make corrupt actors accountable and raise awareness in safe havens, such as the UK of how professional enablers launder these illicit funds.
The most important source of support you can often get is from lawyers and organisations who work in your country or local community.
Check to see if any of the following groups could help you:
Below are a few examples of national anti-corruption organisations:
International organisations and lawyers’ networks may be able to help you find support locally. Some examples are listed below:
The UNCAC Coalition is a civil society platform of organisations in Africa, SouthEast Asia, Latin America and SouthEast Europe who work on anti-corruption issues within the framework of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. After following the link, click on your region to find out what organisations in your country are part of the platform. These will be organisations working on corruption issues in your country that could assist you. You can also find reports on the platform regarding different countries’ progress on implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption.
The following key resources where identified in the guide. Read these if you are thinking about legal action and these are relevant to your case:
Key Resource: Transparency International Helpdesk
Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Helpdesk service provides timely and tailored answers to corruption-related questions from national chapters of Transparency International and certain partners of TI.
Questions are answered within ten working days in the form of short briefings. Each answer provides a synthesis of the state of research on a particular topic, lessons learnt from case studies as well as practical recommendations for anti-corruption approaches.
Topics cover a wide range of corruption-related issues, from the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies, to tackling corruption in post-conflict situations, to recent trends in anti-bribery laws. Check if there has been a briefing on an issue that relates to you.
Key Resource: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center
This is a comprehensive database which provides resources on a wide range of issues related to corruption. For example, you can find:
- Research studies regarding different anti-corruption agencies in different countries;
- Studies on corruption in different sectors, such as public procurement, education and national resources;
- A guide on the use of specialised anti-corruption courts; and
- A basic guide on corruption and its impacts.
They also provide online courses and workshops on corruption issues and on strategies to combat corruption in different sectors.
If you are an organisation or a law firm who works on anti-corruption issues and would like your name/resources to be used on the A4J Anti-Corruption Guide, contact us.