TOOLS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

 

In order to enhance the knowledge base available for Member States to develop effective international responses to firearms trafficking and related offences, and to facilitate their efforts to ratify and implement the Firearms Protocol, UNODC has produced a series of legal and technical tools and publications:

 

Legal Tools

a)  Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols Thereto.   

The purpose of this guide is to promote and assist States in their efforts to ratify and implement the Protocol,. The Guide facilitates the understanding of the provisions that are mandatory, optional or only  to some degree compulsory under the Convention and its Protocols thereto, and the elements of those provisions which are particularly essential to ratification and implementation efforts, and provides detailed and specialized advice on how to interpret . A dedicated part of the Guide is deserved for the Firearms Protocol.

 

 

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Legislative guide for the Firearms Protocol

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b)  Omnibus Survey Software for the gathering of information on the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols Thereto.   2011  (Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian, Spanish)

The Omnibus Survey Software was conceived as an efficient, interactive and user friendly tool that would simplify reporting obligations vis-à-vis the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto and the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Designed as a self-assessment checklist, the Omnibus Survey Software enables States parties to:

  • assess national legislation for compliance with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto and the United Nations Convention against Corruption;
  • identify technical and legal assistance needs;
  • share good practices.

The omnibus software contains a dedicated section for the assessment and review of the implementation of the Firearms Protocol. 

 

c)    Ratification Kit - Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime 

The Ratification Kit was designed to assist interested States wishing to consider becoming ratify or accede to the Firearms Protocol, UNODC-GFP created a Ratification Kit to explain and facilitate the process of ratification of the Protocol. The purpose of the Kit is to explain and facilitate the process of ratification of the Protocol. This document provides an explanatory note on the main requirements and notification of obligations under the Protocol as well as alternative template formats of the ratification and deposit of the instruments.  

 

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d)  Model Law Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, 2011  (Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian, Spanish) 

The Model Law against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms was developed  in 2010 by UNODC in response to the request of the General Assembly to the Secretary-General to assist State Parties in strengthen their domestic legal framework in a manner consistent with the international legal regime on firearms. The Model Law represents a concrete help for policy and lawmakers to translate the treaty language of the Firearms Protocol into domestic legal provisions and help them in strengthening their legislative regimes on firearms in a manner consistent with the Firearms Protocol. Part 1 contains Model Law text on the introductory provisions and definitions States may choose to include in their domestic legislation. Part 2 contains Model Law text on all the mandatory provisions of the Firearms Protocol that States are required to ensure are included in their domestic legislation. Finally, Part 3 elaborates on non-mandatory provisions in the Firearms Protocol on brokers and brokering activities that States are required to consider for inclusion in their national legislation.

The Model law is available in all UN languages and has been used for the delivery of legislative assistance by UNODC. It was also used as a reference for the development of legislative and regulatory modules of the International Small Arms Control Standards that provide clear, practical and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on fundamental aspects of small arms and light weapons.  In 2013, the Model Law has undergone a major revision by international experts, with a view to take new legislative developments into account, such as the newly adopted Arms Trade Treaty.   The updated Model Law will soon be made available in English and will thereinafter be translated in all UN languages. 

 

 

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Model Law for the Firearms Protocol

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The updated and revised Model Law will be published and disseminated in English, and later on in other UN languages, in the course of 2014. 

 

Technical Tools 

a) Technical Guide to implement the Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition.

b) Digest of Organized Crime Cases. A compilation of good practices and lessons learned.

On the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Organized Crime Convention), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Italian and the Colombian Governments and INTERPOL decided to launch an initiative aimed at facilitating and assisting States in the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols, by providing them with a compilation of illustrative cases of organized crime, and related "good practices" in investigative and prosecutorial techniques, as well as in international cooperation in criminal matters.  The Digest presents a compilation of illustrative cases and related good practices in criminalization, investigations, prosecution and legal experiences in dealing with organized crime and its various forms and manifestations. By providing relevant policy-makers, criminal justice officials, and investigative police with practical perspectives and insights based on expert practitioners' experience, and associated good practices, to serve those involved in complicated investigations and prosecutions of organized crime cases on how best to address the many pitfalls and challenges in order to conduct an efficient investigation and prosecution. Moreover, the Digest will help contribute to identifying good practice and common standards related to the investigation and prosecution of organized crime cases, while improving judicial understanding and strengthening international cooperation in criminal matters. The Digest contains also a dedicated chapter to firearms criminality and illicit trafficking, and related good practices in the use of proactive investigative approaches and the tracing of firearms.

For more information please see: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/organized-crime/digest-of-organized-crime-cases.html

c)  The Comprehensive Training Curriculum on Firearms

With a view to facilitate the implementation of the Firearms Protocol, the GFP  is developing with the valuable support from a number of recognized firearms experts from different countries and regions, a comprehensive firearms training curriculum  in modular form.  The overall purpose of the training curriculum is to facilitate the provision of standardized and tailor made assistance to key stakeholders involved in firearms control matters, such as criminal justice practitioners, legal drafters and policy-makers, institutions in charge of arms transfer controls, as well as the civil society/private sector. The use of the training materials would enhance the understanding and knowledge of these actors of the firearms problematic and promote more effective international cooperation, and thus facilitate the investigation and prosecutions of firearms related crimes.

For its development, UNODC reached out to external experts and relevant government agencies, to collect relevant material and expertise, and organized two expert group meetings. Partnerships were established also with INTERPOL, the Canadian Crown Prosecution Service and the Firearms Program of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police Forces (RCMP), which contributed to the development of the training materials with their substantive expertise. Cross-referencing to existing tools and training materials, both from UNODC and external ones, including the  ISACS, was furthermore encouraged in order to ensure consistency and coherence. While the finalization, publication and translation of the curriculum is still ongoing, the content of the draft modules has already been used as a basis for the delivery of various training courses organized under the GFP.

While the finalization, publication and translation of the curriculum is still ongoing, the content of the draft modules has already been used as a basis for the delivery of various training courses organized under the GFP.