This article examines the problem associated with the reluctance of public officials of states victimised by grand corruption (victim states) to diligently pursue the recovery of plundered national assets located abroad. Traditionally, only the victim state can initiate processes for assets recovery. However, it cannot do so due to the complicity of its public officials in the commission of the underlying predicate and money laundering offences. Consequently, the victim state is deprived of the fair opportunity to recover assets derived from such offences and, ipso facto, such deprivation worsens the inability of the victim state to realise the second-generation rights of its citizens. Relying on the jurisprudence of international human rights, the article argues for the establishment of an alternative assets recovery mechanism. Specifically, it advocates the unilateral participation of states other than victim states (and other entities) in recovering those assets on behalf of the victim state despite the discordance of its officials.
African Journal of International and Comparative Law – Edinburgh University Press
Published: Nov 1, 2018