In response to paragraph 15(d) of Resolution 10/4 of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, UNODC is organizing an Informal Expert Group Meeting to Update the UNODC Model Law on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (2007).
This meeting will be held virtually, on the UNODC Counter Terrorism Learning Platform (CTLP), on 17 and 18 March.
It will take place with the generous financial support of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch and Division for Treaty Affairs 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.
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:
The reports of the Expert Working Groups are widely used in daily practice by justice systems around the world.
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.