Read our latest blog post on the Lausanne Seminars

The Lausanne Process consists of seminars (Lausanne seminars) addressed to practitioners in the field of asset recovery. Switzerland has been hosting them regularly since 2001. Experience has shown that close cooperation between the countries involved, particularly at the judicial level, that is at the stage of mutual legal assistance, is of key importance for the successful restitution of such funds. The Lausanne seminars are intended to transfer practical knowledge and to help strengthen international cooperation and coordination between requesting and requested states.

Noting that through the first seven Lausanne seminars, a number of recurring themes has emerged, participants of the Lausanne VIII seminar in 2014 (90 experts from 30 countries and from several international organizations) consolidated this accumulated knowledge in the form of ten Guidelines for efficient asset recovery. This process was facilitated by Switzerland in collaboration with the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) of the Basel Institute on Governance and with the support of the World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR). Read the full post

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