Workshop: "Legal and operational frameworks for Anti-Corruption Agencies"

25-27 July 2018

In July 2018, Charmaine Rodrigues, CTN's Coordinator, supported a workshop with anti-corruption practitioners and experts in Colombo, Sri Lanka which was intended to flesh out guidance on the Jakarta Principles for Anti-Corruption Agencies (Jakarta Principles) endorsed in November 2012. The workshop was organised by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Charmaine worked with UNODC to develop a draft "Commentary on the Jakarta Principles" which attempted to elaborate on the 16 Jakarta Principles, including by sharing good practice from anti-corruption agencies (ACA) around the world.

Notably for constitution-makers, Principle 3 requires that "ACAs shall, in accordance with the basic legal principles of their countries, be established by proper and stable legal framework, such as the Constitution or a special law to ensure continuity of the ACA". Almost 30 countries have included some form of ACA in their national constitution, with different levels of detail describing the ACA’s role. These countries are Algeria, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea (ACA not yet established), Saint Lucia, Singapore, Somalia (ACA not yet established), South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe. For more detail, read about Counter-Corruption Commissions listed in the Constitute Database.

The draft Commentary was discussed at the workshop in detail, and will now be revised in accordance with the inputs of participants and shared with expert practitioners for final feedback before being finalised for publication and dissemination by UNODC.