International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA)
Since its establishment in 2006, the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) has been instrumental in the fight against corruption. It is an independent, non-political, anti-corruption organization, composed of institutions responsible for investigation, prosecution and prevention of corruption around the world. Over 140 countries and regions participate in the Association through organizational and individual membership.
The objective of the Association is to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), fostering constructive collaboration among its members in the prevention and control of corruption, as well as in asset recovery and international cooperation. To support these objectives, IAACA works to:
Promote international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and adjudication of corruption offences, including through law enforcement cooperation, mutual legal assistance and extradition as well as in tracing, seizure, freezing, confiscation and return of the proceeds of corruption offences;
Promote measures for the prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors;
Promote networking, informal and formal relationships, cooperation and coordination between anti-corruption authorities and between anti-corruption authorities and other competent authorities, including law enforcement, judicial and administrative authorities both domestically and internationally;
Facilitate the exchange and dissemination of expertise and experience among anti-corruption authorities;
Promote examination of comparative criminal law and procedure and best practices and to assist anti-corruption authorities engaged in reform programmes and related activities;
Promote examination and dissemination of preventive measures;
Promote a culture of independence, professionalism, transparency, integrity and accountability of anti-corruption authorities.
For these purposes, IAACA has established annual conferences and general meetings, in addition to regular seminars, as its major platforms to gather its organizational and individual members, as well as related experts, to explore effective ways to implement UNCAC from the angles of both theory and practice, and to exchange views on experiences and lessons on advancing international cooperation against corruption.
Since its inception, IAACA has hosted nine annual conferences and general meetings: Beijing, China in 2006; Bali, Indonesia in 2007; Kiev, Ukraine in 2008; Macao, China in 2010; Marrakech, Morocco in 2011; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012; Panama City, Panama in 2013; St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 2015; and Tianjin, China in 2016.
As a truly global organization, the Executive Committee has held meetings in Johannesburg, South Africa; Baku, Azerbaijan; Salvador, Brazil; Doha, Qatar; Arusha, Tanzania; New Delhi, India and Barcelona, Spain. As the Secretariat for IAACA over the organization’s first decade of existence, China hosted seven seminars for the purposes of training anti-corruption senior talents, including those in Guangzhou, Chongqing, Shanghai, Dalian, Jinan and Beijing.
In addition to the above-mentioned conferences and events, IAACA also collected documents from its organizational members to create a Compilation of Global Anti-Corruption Directories, a Compilation of Global Anti-Corruption Laws and Regulations and a Compilation of International Anti-Corruption Conventions, and provides support and assistance to anti-corruption agencies and international organizations towards international cooperation.
In 2016, H.E. Dr. Ali bin Fetais al Marri, Attorney-General of Qatar, was elected President of IAACA, and the stewardship of the Secretariat for the IAACA was passed from China to the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in Doha, Qatar.