Grand Corruption and Tailor-Made Laws in Serbia

Transparency Serbia cordially invites you to online conference

Grand Corruption and Tailor-Made Laws in Serbia

Presentation of key findings from the study

and open discussion on how to solve identified problems

TUESDAY, 30.3.2021, from 11 to 13 h

The Conference will be held on Zoom platform:

Meeting ID: 853 9174 6913

Translation from English and Serbian is provided



Mr Nemanja Nenadić, Programme Director, Transparency Serbia

Mr Dirk Lorenz, Counsellor/Head of Political Section, EU Delegation to Serbia

Mr Tobias Flessenkemper, Council of Europe, Head of the Belgrade Office

Ms Bojana Šćepanović, State secretary, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Serbia



(Mr Robert Sepi, Transparency Serbia, Ms Lidija Komlen-Nikolić, Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia)

In this part, we will try to find answers to the following questions:


(Ms Zlata Đorđević, Transparency Serbia)

In this part, we will try to find answers to the following questions:

Additional time for questions and answers, 12.45-13.00


About the study

The report GRAND CORRUPTION AND TAILOR-MADE LAWS was created as a part of the project „Ending Impunity for Grand Corruption in the Western Balkans and Turkey“ implemented by Transparency International, together with its members and partner organizations from the Balkans.

Transparency International defines grand corruption as offences set out in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Articles 15–25 when committed as part of a scheme involving a high-level public official so that the crime results in a major misuse of public finances or property or severely restricting the exercise of the most basic human rights of a substantial part of the population or a vulnerable group.

Tailor-made laws are legal acts enacted with the purpose of serving only the interests of a natural person, a legal person or a narrow group/network of connected persons and not the interest of other actors in a sector, groups of society or the public interest. Although it may appear to be general legal acts, the main purpose of tailor-made law is to create the desired effect in certain cases. Since they have the form of a law, the consequences of such acts cannot be disputed in court, because corruption is already legalised. Based on this definition, the following criteria can be used as indicators that laws may potentially be tailor-made: who is behind the enactment of the law or the content of some of its norms, what are the irregularities observed in writing, the enactment or adoption of the law, who benefits from the law or who has been harmed by its application.

As part of this research, we collected data on corruption cases prosecuted in the last 12 years (2008 – 2020), which can be classified as "grand corruption" cases based on the Transparency International definition. We also analyzed cases in which suspicions of grand corruption were publicly stated and argued, but no prosecution was undertaken. Data on corruption cases were collected using requests for free access to information sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for Organised Crime, the Court of Appeals in Belgrade, special departments of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office for Suppression of Corruption, analyses of published data (for example, annual reports of the Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office, database of the Court of Appeals in Belgrade and media articles) and interviews. Data on tailor-made laws were collected by reviewing published documents, requesting access to information, based on media reports and interviews, for the same period of last 12 years.

The conference is part of the Transparency International project which is financially supported by the European Union. Transparency Serbia is solely responsible for the expressed views which can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.











RECOMMENDATIONS based on research


Law making

The following changes in legislation and practice are needed to prevent undue influence in public decision-making and subsequent state capture: