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Sherpa, founded in 2001, has set its mission to protect and defend victims of economic crimes drawing on the power of the law and to fight against the new forms of impunity linked to globalization. Our vision is to help build a world where law is in service of a more mindful globalization.

Economic criminality covers two main forms materializing in two programs at Sherpa: the Globalization and Human Rights Program and the Illicit Financial Flows Program. To implement them, Sherpa brings together an expert team of lawyers, using legal tools, strategies and advocacy, along with pro bono representation from committed international jurists, lawyers, and specialists

Our groundbreaking work has resulted in legal remedies being delivered to victims of corporate-related human rights abuse, changes in law and policy that have helped reshape global business as well as defense of civil society actors and their work from corporate reprisal.


  • To pursue the establishment of a binding legal framework to make economic actors, and transnational companies in particular violating human rights and causing environmental damages, accountable for their impacts.

  • To fight against the illicit financial flows and tackles issues such as corruption, money laundering or tax evasion. Sherpa works in particular on ill-gotten gains, tax havens and transparency in the extractive industries. Emerging countries lose at least a thousand billion dollars every year through illicit financial flows whether it is from corruption or tax evasion by multinationals. These flows are a major challenge to development since they reduce the resources available for essential public services such as education or health, and aggravate the burden of debt in emerging countries.

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • legal action
  • legal and citizen watch, diffusion of information
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign

Thematic areas

  • law and justice
  • economy
  • ethics
  • responsibility
  • governance
  • Climate energy
  • environment