HSE University Anti-Corruption Portal
Updates of the Anti-Corruption Portal: Database of UN Documents

The Anti-Corruption Centre of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” has created a database of UN anti-corruption documents and publications.

The database contains information about 189 UN documents and is the major and most comprehensive collection of such documents in the Russian language so far.

The database was set up after the analysis of these documents. They are grouped into 19 categories in accordance with their subject:

  1. anti-corruption strategies and policies;
  2. anti-corruption bodies;
  3. anti-corruption education and awareness-raising;
  4. conflict of interest;
  5. standards and codes of conduct;
  6. whistleblowing and protection of whistleblowers;
  7. asset and interest disclosure and illicit enrichment;
  8. corruption in procurement;
  9. transparency and accountability;
  10. money laundering and beneficial ownership;
  11. corruption in the private sector (bribery of foreign public officials and of officials of international organisations; commercial bribery; anti-corruption compliance);
  12. criminal liability;
  13. non-criminal liability;
  14. asset recovery;
  15. international cooperation;
  16. corruption in sport;
  17. corruption measurement;
  18. monitoring, control and oversight;
  19. other (including such topics as political financing; elections; vote-buying; corruption and environmental crime; gender and corruption; corruption in parliaments; corruption in the judiciary).

For such major documents as conventions and declarations, the articles/paragraphs of the document related to each topic are indicated.

Some documents are mentioned simultaneously under several topics if their subject is relevant to them (for instance, if the document mentions confiscation without specifying whether it is about criminal confiscation or civil forfeiture, it will appear under both the “Criminal liability” and “Civil liability” topics).

The documents are also grouped in accordance with their type and author and distributed across the following sections:

  • conventions (legally binding documents);
  • soft law documents (non-legally binding documents);
  • publications and research;
  • guidance and training materials for practitioners;
  • publications of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), a partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime;
  • documents of the High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving 2030 Agenda (FACTI Panel);
  • documents of the UN Global Compact;
  • materials of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

The database allows its users to search for a certain document by its title or category, including the subject and/or type of document.

For the documents that have official Russian translation, the Russian version is published in the database, whereas for other documents there is their original English version. Additionally, the version of the Portal in Russian contains the titles of all documents translated into Russian.

The consolidation of UN anti-corruption documents is a first step towards creating a single database of anti-corruption documents of international organisations. In the future, besides maintaining and regularly updating the database of UN documents, the Anti-Corruption Centre of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” is planning to collect relevant documents of other international organisations and initiatives such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), G20, Council of Europe, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Organisation of American States (OAS) etc.

Conflict of interest
Corruption whistleblowers
Corruption measurement
Corruption in sport
Illicit enrichment
Asset disclosure
Education and enlightenment
Asset recovery
Corruption in public procurement
International cooperation
Anti-corruption authorities
Standards of conduct
Foreign bribery
Criminal prosecution

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