28 March 2018, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery

The Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre are pleased to announce a Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery, which will be held on 28th March, 2018, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The Conference is part of the project “Combating corruption in the Western Balkans and Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the field of Asset Recovery”, which is being implemented with support from the British Government and from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The project analyzes the effectiveness, efficiency and adherence to human rights in criminal justice systems of Southeast Europe in relation to seizure and confiscation of the proceeds of crime.

The objective of the Conference is to present the findings of the Study prepared by the AIRE Centre and the RAI Secretariat concerning search, seizure and confiscation of illegally obtained assets, with emphasis on final court judgments in corruption cases in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The event will serve as opportunity for establishing a common dialogue about the identified challenges and determination of future actions at the regional level which will address the recommendations resulting from the Study.

In addition, practices on asset recovery in Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova and Romania will be discussed to explore potential for cooperation of these countries with Western Balkans region. Conference will also highlight key international instruments at European level in this respect, and discuss best practices in asset seizure and confiscation in the United Kingdom and Italy.

The working language of the Regional Conference is English, while simultaneous interpretation to Bosnian/Croatian /Montenegrin/Serbian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Romanian will be provided.

Draft Agenda can be found here.

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact RAI Secretariat.

13 February 2018

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.