UNODC develops Model Legislative Provisions against Organized Crime

Photo: UNODC11 October 2012 - In the fight against transnational organized crime international consistency in national State legislation is vital. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has developed the Manual of Model Legislative Provisions against Organized Crime in order to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto (UNTOC).

The Manual of Model Legislative Provisions extends the Legislative Guides for the Implementation of The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto. This manual specifically addresses the implementation of articles of the UNCTOC that are not covered by existing model laws. The legislative assistance provided in this manual guides the revision and amendment of existing legislation, and the adoption of new legislation.

Targeted at policy makers and legislators, this manual represents a tool of technical assistance with the purpose of supporting States in converting their obligations under international treaties into national legislation. The Manual of Model Legislative Provisions has been designed to be flexible to the needs, constitutional principles, legal system structures and enforcement arrangements of individual member States.

The Manual provides a legal framework for the use of special investigative techniques, provides a legal basis for the protection of witnesses and the provision of compensation to victims, addresses procedural matters that may arise in the prosecution of Convention offences and the transfer of sentenced persons.

Related Information:

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto

The Manual of Model Legislative Provisions against Organized Crime, will also be made available in the future in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese on the tools and publications page, which contains further resources against transnational organized crime.