Strengthening International Cooperation in Criminal Matters 

The transnational nature of terrorism makes it necessary to ensure effective and efficient international and regional cooperation in criminal matters related to terrorism and the designation of relevant authorities to direct such cooperation. The Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime helps establish strong cooperation agreements among Member States worldwide, with a view to facilitate requests for mutual legal assistance and extradition, which often play an essential part in the prosecution of terrorist cases transcending national borders. 

Since the Global Project on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism was launched in 2003, the Terrorism Prevention Branch has developed strong expertise in this area supported by the publication of a large number of technical assistance tools in all United Nations official languages as well as in some local languages to enable the creation of necessary expertise among national criminal justice officials to effectively prosecute cross-border terrorist cases.

In addition, the Branch has supported the creation of informal networks of national focal points ( Regional Judicial Platforms for Sahel and the Indian Ocean Commission Countries) and on efforts to establish national central authorities to help facilitate international cooperation in criminal matters. More recently, UNODC/TPB has launched a new project under UNODC's Global Initiative on Strengthening the Legal Regime against FTFs in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Europe, aimed at supporting the establishment of a Multi-Agency Task Force to strengthen international cooperation in FTF related cases in the MENA region [MATF Fact Sheet: Arabic, English  and French].  

For information on similar cooperation networks, click on the links below:

Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons | European Judicial Network | Eurojust | Hemispheric Information Exchange Network for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition of the Organization of American States | Ibero-American Legal Assistance Network (IberRed)




English (pdf) (other UN official languages are available under Tools and Publications)


Sahel Judicial Platform (pdf)