Civil Law Convention on Corruption

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Strasbourg, France
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/11/2003

Category

Good Governance

Sub category

Corruption

Groups

MISC

What is it about?

The present Convention presents the first attempt to define common international rules in the field of civil law and corruption. It requires Member States to provide for effective remedies within their domestic law for persons who have suffered damage as a result of acts of corruption, to enable them to defend their rights and interests, including the possibility of obtaining compensation for damage. The Convention provides for measures to be taken at national level, international co-operation, monitoring of implementation and final clauses. In ratifying the Convention, Member States undertake to incorporate its principles and rules into their domestic law, taking into account their own particular circumstances. The Convention deals with the following issues: - compensation for damage liability, including State liability for acts of corruption committed by public officials; - contributory negligence: reduction or disallowance of compensation, depending on the circumstances; - validity of contracts; - protection of employees who report corruption; - clarity and accuracy of accounts and audits; - acquisition of evidence; - court orders to preserve the assets necessary for the execution of the final judgment and for the maintenance of the status quo pending resolution of the points at issue; - international co-operation. The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) will monitor commitments entered into under the Convention by the States Party.

Why is it relevant?

The present Convention is one of several instruments combating economic crime.

Additional Information

The Convention is open for accession by both, the member States of the Council of Europe and the non-member States.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania21/09/2000
Armenia07/01/2005
Austria30/08/2006
Azerbaijan11/02/2004
Belarus15/03/2006
Belgium12/03/2007
Bosnia and Herzegovina30/01/2002
Bulgaria08/06/2000
Croatia05/06/2003
Cyprus23/06/2005
Czech Republic24/09/2003
Estonia08/12/2000
Finland23/10/2001
France25/04/2008
Georgia22/05/2003
Greece21/02/2002
Hungary04/12/2003
Italy13/06/2013
Latvia12/04/2005
Lithuania17/01/2003
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)29/11/2002
Malta31/03/2004
Moldova17/03/2004
Montenegro28/01/2008
Netherlands17/12/2007
Norway12/02/2008
Poland11/09/2002
Romania23/04/2002
Serbia09/01/2008
Slovakia21/05/2003
Slovenia17/03/2003
Spain16/12/2009
Sweden25/06/2004
Turkey17/09/2003
Ukraine19/09/2005
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
20003
20011
20025
20038
20044
20054
20062
20072
20084
20091
20131
Total35
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