What are the guidelines?

Asset recovery is an intricate and time-consuming process. The Guidelines for the Efficient Recovery of Stolen Assets unravel the asset recovery process, breaking it down into practical, manageable guidelines, allowing a targeted audience to focus on the asset recovery process in a comprehensive manner.

The Guidelines are accompanied by a non-binding step-by-step approach. They both intend to assist practitioners, policymakers and legislators to better plan each step of the process. The breakdown into guidelines and step-by-steps enable viewing the asset recovery process outside its traditional thematic streams: (i) intelligence and pre-investigation activities; (ii) investigation; (iii) prosecution and adjudication; and (iv) confiscation and restitution. Other subsets which are of core importance to the asset recovery process, e.g., communication strategies, trust building and expectation management are also included.

The guidelines and step-by-steps relate as an interactive checklist of elements to consider when establishing an asset recovery policy or when devising an investigation strategy.

Who are they for?

  • Practitioners (e.g., intelligence officers, law enforcement and judicial authorities) can in the short-term gain knowledge and perspectives into the asset recovery process, resulting in medium- to long-term enhanced capacities for both originating and receiving jurisdictions to recover stolen assets.
  • Policymakers will have a better understanding of the asset recovery process in a manner that will allow them to propose targeted policies potentially resulting in a meaningful impact.
  • Legislators will be able to address legal challenges posed by and within the asset recovery process and propose, where applicable, legislative solutions for their jurisdictions to recover stolen assets, while ensuring observance of fundamental, constitutional and human rights of the parties involved in the asset recovery process.

Additionally, the Practical Guidelines website may also reach to a wider audience, including:

  • General public. The website can act as a medium for knowledge in the asset recovery process, giving them an understanding of the intricacies of the asset recovery process, ultimately assisting in expectation management.
  • Academia will be able to perceive in more detail and through different angles the problematic(s) involving the asset recovery process, assisting in research to overcome them.