About us


The SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws On Crime) knowledge management portal was developed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three Protocols.

The SHERLOC portal hosts a CASE LAW DATABASE, containing jurisprudence on corruption, counterfeiting, cybercrime, drug offences, money laundering, obstruction of justice, participation in an organized criminal group, piracy, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in firearms, trafficking in cultural property, wildlife and forest crime, trafficking in persons and other crimes. The Case Law Database allows users to see how Member States are tackling organized crime cases in their courts.



The DATABASE OF LEGISLATION is an electronic repository of laws relevant to the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), which is searchable by country, UNTOC article, crime type and cross-cutting issue. While also enabling access to full legislation documents, the Database provides extracts of laws relevant to specific UNTOC articles and crime types, allowing the user to quickly find provisions relating to the search query.

The Database of Legislation aims to demonstrate how Member States - through their domestic legislative provisions - define, prohibit and criminalize SHERLOC's various crime types. In addition, the Database includes provisions that reflect the wide-ranging features and obligations embodied by the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto - including, for example, provisions that adopt legislative measures towards prevention, cooperation, and enforcement efforts.

Most of the legislation included in the Database of Legislation has been enacted specifically to counter the relevant crime type. However, when States indicate that a general criminal provision is used to prosecute one of the crimes in our database, we include it under that crime type. (E.g., a general fraud provision that is used to prosecute fraudulent medicines will be included in SHERLOC under that crime type.)

Comments, suggestions and feedback regarding uploading approaches for the various crime types are welcomed.



The  BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASE is an annotated bibliography containing a synopsis of key articles that are searchable by countries, research methods and keywords. The database was launched in October 2014 and is under development. It currently includes research on migrant smuggling.



The directory contains the contact information competent national authorities authorized to receive, respond to and process requests of assistance for matters related to:

- Extradition,

- Mutual legal assistance in investigations, prosecutions and judicial proceedings,

- Measures to prevent transnational organized crime,

- Transfer of sentenced persons,

- Illicit traffic by sea of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances,

- Smuggling of migrants by sea,

- Illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms and

- Prevention and combat of trafficking in cultural property.


The main purpose of the LEGISLATIVE GUIDE is to assist States seeking to ratify or implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational organized Crime (English Only.)


The NEWS and EVENTS section highlights major international developments in the fight against organized crime and is providing information on upcoming events at UNODC and our partner institutions.

To access a whole range of multimedia resources, including videos, photos and news on topics related to organized crime, please visit United Nations Web TV: http://webtv.un.org

The SHERLOC portal is currently under development. If you would like to support our work through contributing case law, case law summaries or legislation, please contact us!

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