The International Anti-Corruption Court

The proposal for the International Anti-Corruption Court (“IACC”), similar to but separate from the International Criminal Court, has generated substantial support from leaders across the globe. The proposal for the IACC is also supported by courageous young people from many countries, including leaders of the Maidan uprising in Ukraine. In 2017, President Juan Manuel Santos, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, made Colombia the first country to endorse the IACC. In November 2018, Colombia sponsored a resolution calling for the convening of a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss “challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation.” Days later, Colombia publicly stated that it would advocate for the establishment of the IACC at the 2021 Special Session.

“Grand corruption depends on a culture of impunity in countries whose leaders will not permit the enforcement of existing criminal laws against their close colleagues and themselves. An International Anti-Corruption Court would provide a forum to enforce those laws, punish corrupt leaders, and deter and thus diminish grand corruption. The successful prosecution and imprisonment of corrupt leaders would create opportunities for the democratic process to produce successors dedicated to serving their people rather than to enriching themselves.”
— Mark Wolf's "The World Needs an International Anti-Corruption Court" published in Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court