International Cooperation in Criminal Matters

Transnational organized crime requires a coordinated transnational response. As organized criminal networks span the globe, efforts to combat them must likewise cross borders so as to ensure that organized crime networks do not simply divert their activities to countries or regions where weak cooperation means weak criminal justice responses. International cooperation against organized crime should, as a matter of urgency, be conceived and used as a tool for strengthening sovereignty and security, not surrendering it. The UNTOC provisions on mutual legal assistance (MLA), extradition, transfer of sentenced prisoners, and asset confiscation make it a practical tool in this area.   

The Global Programme for Strengthening Capacities of Member States to Prevent and Combat Organized and Serious Crime (GPTOC) provides technical assistance to the Member States to effectively implement the Organized Crime Convention in order to deal with different forms of serious and organized crime. These objectives are achieved through the development and dissemination of tools, assessments and awareness-raising, training, and the provision of advisors. The project has a focus on international cooperation in criminal matters and other cross-cutting issues. Project components include: establishing and linking regional networks and supporting criminal intelligence, covert investigations, and witness protection capabilities.  

GPTOC supports four ongoing international judicial cooperation networks: the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP), the Judicial Cooperation Network for Central Asia and Southern Caucasus (CASC), the Great Lakes Regional Judicial Cooperation Network (GLCJN), the South East Asia Justice Network (SEAJust) and acts as a global facilitator for international cooperation in criminal matters.

The Global Programme for Strengthening Capacities of Member States to Prevent and Combat Organized and Serious Crime (GPTOC) is funded by: