Cross-border criminal justice cooperation
Organized crime groups and criminals in East Asia and the Pacific generate billions per year in revenues, and international cooperation among judicial, prosecutorial, and law enforcement authorities is increasingly essential. Although the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) has recently been ratified by a number of ASEAN Member States. Southeast Asia has a lack of cooperation and coordination mechanisms for criminal justice matters.
UNODC assists Member States to be able to more effectively cooperate on cross-border criminal justice issues, working with regional and national partners, particularly the CLMV countries, to:
- Strengthen legal and policy frameworks for MLA;
- Enhance mechanisms and networks focusing on asset recovery; and
- Enhance cross-border cooperation and information exchange mechanisms.