Holding Kleptocrats to Account

Magnitsky Counterpoint: The Case Against Individual Asset Claims

In their thoughtful Policy Magazine essay titled The Case for a New and Improved MagnitskyLaw, Irwin Cotler and Brandon Silver suggest ways to strengthen the Justice for Corrupt Foreign Officials Act. Some of the steps that Cotler and Silver propose are welcome, including a Canada-led effort to achieve greater international coordination of Magnitsky sanctions. We believe, however, that one of […]

Holding Kleptocrats to Account

Holding Kleptocrats to Account

This panel discussion presents and reviews two complementary proposals designed to help hold these kleptocrats accountable for the damage they have caused. One, proposed by the World Refugee & Migration Council in its 2019 A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System report, asks countries to confiscate and repurpose assets of corrupt leaders for […]

Repurposing Frozen Assets

Accountability is currently missing altogether at the upstream end of refugee flows where perpetrators act with impunity, often enriching themselves in the process, sometimes shielded by UN Security Council vetoes. One of the Council’s proposals in its report A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System that has generated a lot of attention involves frozen assets. […]