The second panel at the Fifth Forum of Parliamentarians discussed whether the gravest acts of corruption should be considered crimes against international law. Corruption kills more people than war and famine combined, yet the worst perpetrators are too often able to use their illicit wealth and power to evade domestic justice. Can the international community use existing international institutions to prosecute perpetrators of grand corruption? Should the international community create new international legal instruments to end the impunity of the globe's worst criminals? The panel will offer a fact-based analysis of the opportunities and challenges.
The Forum took place in parallel with the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which is hosted by UNODC. It will convene in Panama City from 25-29 November 2013.