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.

Most recent update on 10th April 2020

Page first published on 1st May 2008