Basel International Centre for Asset Recovery

The International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) at the Basel Institute on Governance works with countries around the world to strengthen their capacities to recover illicit assets.

We place particular emphasis on hands-on mentoring on investigation methods and confiscation and prosecution strategies, as well as international cooperation. The aim is two-fold: to build capacity and effectively progress cases to the stage of recovery.


  • support legislative and institutional reform processes;
  • develop and deliver tailor-made training;
  • work with other international organisations to advance innovation and global policy dialogue on asset recovery.

Our team is made up of former prosecutors, lawyers and (financial) investigators from a wide variety of countries and legal traditions. We don’t speak from textbooks, but from practice. And we pride ourselves on being driven by and responding flexibly to, the needs of our partner countries – because there is never a one-size-fits-all solution to asset recovery.