The German Bundestag voted in favor of the ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption on Thursday evening. The Bundesrat, the second German legislative body representing the Federal States is expected to finalize the ratification process when they meet in October. The UN Convention is a multilateral convention. It obliges the countries who ratified the convention to implement a series of anti-corruption legal measures, inter alia with regards to punishing public bribery and international prosecution of persons involved in corruption. The text of the convention can be found here. Germany was one of the first nations to sign the convention in 2003. Because Germany only tightened its rules on bribery of delegates in early 2014 (which came into force on September 1, 2014), the ratification process was delayed for eleven years.
Nicolai Behr is a compliance and dispute resolution attorney in Baker & McKenzie’s Munich office. He is a member of the steering committee of GlobalComplianceNews, a compliance news website with global reach moderated by Baker & McKenzie. He is a member of the committee "International" of the German Institute for Compliance. Dr. Behr is a regular speaker on compliance and white collar topics.