Anti-Corruption Conventions and Instruments

Numerous anti-corruption conventions and instruments have been executed during the last 25 years at international and regional level. They play a major role in the fight against corruption, as they require signatory states to take effective action to prevent corruption, and to co-operate with each other in the investigation and prosecution of corruption. The most significant of these conventions are listed below:

Global and Inter-Regional Level

  • UN Convention against Corruption
  • UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • OECD Convention on the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions
  • Revised Recommendations of the Council of the OECD on Combating Bribery in International Business Transactions


  • AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  • SADC Protocol against Corruption
  • ECOWAS Protocol on the Fight Against Corruption


  • The Inter-American Convention Against Corruption


  • ADB-OECD Action Plan for Asia-Pacific


  • Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention
  • Council of Europe Civil Law Convention
  • Resolution (99) 5 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe:Agreement Establishing the Group of States against Corruption
  • Resolution (97) 24 of the Committee of Members of the Council of Europe:Twenty Guiding Principles for the Fight against Corruption
  • European Union Convention on the Protection of the Communities’ Financial Interests and the Fight against Corruption and two Protocols
  • European Union Convention on the Fight against Corruption involving officials of the European Communities or officials of Member States.

Updated on 10th April 2020