Illicit financial flows, from corruption and tax evasion, are increasingly crossing borders. ILP’s global network helps NGOs and investigative journalists whose work follows this multi-jurisdictional path. Alongside ILP’s traditional role organising representation, advice and trial monitoring for journalists uncovering corruption who have been subject to unlawful arrest, imprisonment, and harassment, we support civil society and investigative media consortiums hoping to exploit new data from large corruption leaks to make corrupt actors accountable and raise awareness in safe havens, such as the UK of how professional enablers launder these illicit funds.
ILP provides assistance on what information can be obtained about these investments under local laws, ways to deprive the corrupt of their illicitly acquired assets, and represents the victims requesting equitable repatriation of stolen assets.
Recent Cases & Projects
● Organising urgent legal representation for a coalition of UK and Nigerian NGOs to intervene in a UK High Court case regarding a confidential agreement signed by the Nigerian government to pay tens of millions of dollars to a powerful governor from funds about to be repatriated to Nigeria. The NGOs want these funds to be repatriated transparently, accountable, and for the benefit of Nigerian citizens.
● Supporting three communities whose land rights and environmental protections are threatened by Kenyan officials negotiating corrupt deals with geothermal exploration companies.
● To combat illegal import of palm oil, timber trading, and deforestation, building several types of claims under global laws and regulations and working with local forest communities to assess legal strategies.
● Advising activists seeking to ensure transparency and prevent re-looting of assets for repatriation which have been seized in Europe from central African public officials.
● Advising Senegalese activists submitting a criminal complaint to Australian prosecutors re-oil concessions.
● ILP regularly assembles groups of experts at short notice to review draft legislation for submission to governments including Drafting legislation and advising CSOs on implications of proposed amendments to anti-bribery, electoral campaign, FOI, and whistleblower protection legislation in Asia and Africa.