Ending Corruption

Our Work. 

We promote transparency and accountability in public and private institutions to encourage responsibility and minimise the corrosive economic, political, social and human impacts of corruption, considered to be one of the key barriers to sustainable development. This work often looks beyond the place of origin of corruption, to effective means of enforcement, which entails holding corporates and governments to account across the developed world.

Impact

Our Work. 

  • Preventing looting of Ghana’s national gold reserves: ILP sourced emergency legal representation for a coalition of Ghanaian NGOs in order to postpone a listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) of a shell company set up to hold the country’s future gold revenues, so that an investigation of potential corruption could be carried out by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). As a result, the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority also asked for the dossier, to allow them to investigate the role of the law firms involved in this transaction.

  • Drafting trade agreements to reduce corruption: ILP supported a group of British NGOs to negotiate with UK government trade officials and propose international best practice to restrict corruption within the UK’s post-Brexit trade agreements with developing countries. As a result of the advice, government officials invited civil society and the legal experts to submit formal drafts of clauses on bribe-payments to be included in the trade agreements.

  • Ukraine defence legislative reform: Transparency International’s Independent Anti-Corruption Committee on Defence (NAKO) team asked ILP to assemble an international pool of legal experts to review, analyse and propose legislative changes concerning the privatisation of state-owned arms export companies, state secrecy, and military procurement. ILP’s volunteers were then asked to present the findings to an invited group of political advisors from G7 embassies in Kiev, Ukrainian experts, and selected NGOs campaigning for reform on these issues.

  • Repatriation of stolen Congolese assets from San Marino: ILP assisted a collective representing Congolese civil society with advice from Italian lawyers to enable the return of €19 million Euros in bribes stolen from public funds by senior Congolese political figures and held in accounts in the Republic of San Marino. The funds had been frozen and seized by the San Marino Court of Appeal after a criminal investigation, but there was no plan to return them to the citizens of the Congo. The Prime Minister of San Marino asked the ILP taskforce for a report on international best practices and for advice on how to structure a repatriation.

  • A UK anti-corruption sanctions regime: ILP co-chaired and facilitated detailed legal advice to the UK AntiCorruption Coalition, a coalition of anti-corruption NGOs, on international best practice and the extension of the UK’s human rights sanctions regime to include serious corruption and tax evasion.​

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