Tailor-made Legal Publications for Practitioners

UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch and Treaty Legal Affairs Branch have jointly elaborated and distributed tailor-made legal publications for practitioners to strengthen international cooperation in criminal matters. Such publications include all bilateral, regional and international agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance applicable in their countries, so as to provide the practitioners with legal bases for extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

As of today, upon the requests of the Member States, UNODC has elaborated and distributed two compendiums : one to the practitioners from Niger, jointly  with the French Embassy in Niger, and one to the practitioners from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Member States, jointly with the IOC.

Should you country be interested in such tool for its practitioners: please contact Ms. Candice Welsch, Legal Officer, Treaty Legal Affairs Branch (candice.welsch@unodc.org) and/or Ms. Maud Olinet, Expert, Terrorism Prevention Branch (maud.olinet@unodc.org).

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Casework Best Practice Guidelines

Through a programme of expert working groups, LAP gathers together the best practitioners in their fields to identify, capture and make available to practitioners best international practice, including what works and what doesn't lessons learned, practical guides and best practice tips.
To date these expert working groups have dealt with:

  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Asset forfeiture
  • Drug abuse offender casework

The reports of the Expert Working Groups are widely used in daily practice by justice systems around the world.


  • Report of the Expert Working Group on Mutual Legal Assistance and Related International Confiscation, Vienna, 15-19 February 1993. ( English )
  • Report of the Expert Working Group on Improving Inter-Sectorial Impact in Drug Abuse Offender Casework, Vienna, 6-10 December 1999. ( English )
  • Report of the UNODC Expert Working Group on Best Practice in Asset Restraint and Forfeiture Casework, Vienna, 3-7 September 2001.
  • Report of the Informal Expert Working Group on Mutual Legal Assistance Casework Best Practice, Vienna, 3-7 December 2001. (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

"Mock Trial" Case Training Tool

A complete money laundering case file has been developed by LAP in Latin America for use in live training trials for judges, prosecutors and investigators. It allows them to test their legislation and trial skills against international best practice. The first two mock trials were successfully piloted in Ecuador last year. A third was conducted in El Salvador in April 2003 and at least two more are planned to take place in 2003.