International Cooperation Tools and Publications
UNODC has developed a variety of tools and publications to facilitate international cooperation, including an online directory of competent national authorities, a mutual legal assistance request writer tool, a legal databases and best practices case law.
The online directory of Competent National Authorities allows easy access to the contact information of competent national authorities designated under the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto. The directory contains the contact information of over 400 CNA's authorized to receive, respond to and process requests for international cooperation.
Practical guide for competent national authorities under article 17 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988
Mutual Legal Assistance Request Writer Tool (MLA Tool)
The MLA Tool was developed by UNODC to assist States to draft requests for international cooperation. The MLA Tool requires virtually no prior knowledge or experience with drafting requests for mutual legal assistance, by simply guiding users step-by-step through the process with a series of templates. The drafter is prompted to enter essential information so as to avoid incomplete requests that can cause delay or refusal. Once the user has entered all information, the tool consolidates all data entered and automatically generates a correct, complete and effective request for final editing, signature and submission.
The MLA Tool is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Bosnian, Croatian Montenegrin and Serbian.
This manual is offered in response to Conference of Parties resolution 5/8 entitled "Implementation of the provisions on international cooperation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime". In that resolution, UNODC was directed to develop a practical guide to facilitate the drafting, transmission and execution of requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance. The manual is intended for by central and other competent national authorities, policy makers and criminal justice practitioners including lawyers, investigators, judges and magistrates who are involved international legal assistance.
The focus of the Manual is national efforts aimed at successfully preventing criminals from profiting from crime. Its primary purpose is to facilitate asset recovery in accordance with the provisions of the Organized Crime Convention. It is to be used in close conjunction with the companion Manual on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition.
Handbook on the International Transfer of Sentenced Persons, 2012 English
The nature of transnational organized crime means that it is increasingly common for criminals involved to be convicted and sentenced in foreign countries. This Handbook is designed to explain how transferring sentenced persons to serve their sentences in their home country can contribute to dealing with them fairly and effectively, and the cooperative process to facilitate their transfer.
Resources for Judicial Regional Platforms of Sahel and Indian Ocean Commission Countries
The Judicial Regional Platforms of Sahel and Indian Ocean Commission Countries [link to Law Enforcement Cooperation above] have access to a range of cooperation resources.
Model Laws on International Cooperation
The model legislation on extradition and on mutual assistance in criminal matters was developed by UNODC to assist Member States in giving effect to the provisions of the model treaties approved by the General Assembly, in order to enhance effective international cooperation. The model laws take into consideration the developments occurred after the adoption of the model treaties, in particular the adoption of the 2000 United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the 2003 United Nations Convention against Corruption. The reports of past expert working groups on extradition and mutual legal assistance casework also contain guidelines, from a practitioner's perspective, that may be useful to legislative drafting in this area, as well as to national central authorities established to promote international cooperation in criminal matters.
- Model Law on Extradition (2004) - English - French - Arabic
- Model Law on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (2007) - English - French - Arabic
- Model Treaty on Extradition (General Assembly resolution 45/116, as amended by General Assembly resolution 52/88) - English - French - Spanish - Russian - Arabic - Chinese
- Model Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (General Assembly resolution 45/117, as amended by General Assembly resolution 53/112) - English - French - Spanish - Russian - Arabic - Chinese
- Revised Manuals on the Model Treaties on Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters - English
Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Casework Guidelines
- Report of the Expert Working Group on Mutual Legal Assistance and Related International Confiscation, Vienna, 15-19 February 1993. - English
- Report of the Informal Expert Working Group on Mutual Legal Assistance Casework Best Practice, Vienna, 3-7 December 2001 - English - Russian - Spanish
- Report of the Informal Expert Working Group on Effective Extradition Casework Practice, Vienna, 12-16 July 2004. - English
- UN Model Agreement on the Transfer of Foreign Prisoners and Recommendations on the treatment of foreign prisoners (see page 30.)