On 10 December, the World Bank reported that the UNODC/World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative was launched in 2007 and it has just released the latest edition of its Handbook, first produced in 2010.  It is intended to serve as a guide to navigating challenges in asset recovery.  It is designed as a how-to manual, the handbook guides practitioners as they grapple with the strategic, organisational, investigative, and legal challenges of recovering assets that have been stolen by corrupt leaders and hidden abroad.  It provides common approaches to recovering stolen assets located in foreign jurisdictions, identifies the challenges that practitioners are likely to encounter, and introduces good practices.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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