In line with the Guidelines for conducting the country reviews, governmental experts are encouraged to prepare themselves by:

(a) Thoroughly studying the Convention and the relevant Protocols, as well as the procedures and rules for the functioning of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto and the present guidelines for conducting the country reviews;

(b) Familiarizing themselves with the official records of the negotiation of the Convention and the relevant Protocols, particularly those parts pertaining to the articles that are the subject of the relevant review phase. The Secretariat will make available on the web page of the Implementation Review Mechanism and on the secure module of SHERLOC a list of useful publications and tools 1 to support governmental experts in the review process;

(c) Familiarizing themselves with the legal system of the State party under review, including, where applicable, relevant judicial decisions issued by higher national courts of that State. For this purpose, the governmental experts conducting the review may seek support from the State party under review in enhancing their understanding of the legal system of that State;

(d) Familiarizing themselves with any reservation to or declaration on the Convention and its Protocols formulated by the State party under review.

Below experts can find a list of useful publications and tools to support them in the review process:

Tools

1) Texts of Convention and Protocols

  1. United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  2. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children
  3. Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air
  4. Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition

 

2) Status of adherence to Convention and Protocols + Declarations and Reservations

  1. United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  2. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children
  3. Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air
  4. Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition

 

3) COP resolutions

  1. Resolution 8/2 – Mechanism for the review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto
  2. Resolution 9/1 – Establishment of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto
  3. Resolution 10/1 – Launch of the review process of the Mechanism for the Review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto

 

4) Legislative guides

  1. Introduction and list of experts
  2. Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  3. Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
  4. Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air
  5. Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition

 

5) Travaux Préparatoires of the negotiations for the elaboration of the United Nations Convention against Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto

 

6) Model legislative provisions:

  1. Model legislative provisions against organized crime, 2012 (updated version TBC in 2021)
  2. Model Law against Trafficking in Persons, 2010
  3. Model Law against Smuggling of Migrants, 2010
  4. Model Law on Illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition, 2011

 

7) Glossaries of terms of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols

  1. United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  2. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children
  3. Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air
  4. Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition

 

8) Information on the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime