Practioners and legal experts from countries across five continents
have concluded that the current international procedural legal
framework for mutual legal assistance and extradition for the most
serious international crimes is incomplete and outdated. This
seriously hampers the ability of States to cooperate effectively in
the fight against impunity. That is why Argentina, Belgium, Mongolia,
the Netherlands, Senegal, and Slovenia propose to set up a modern
procedural multilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance and
extradition which would facilitate better practical cooperation
between States investigating and prosecuting these crimes, the MLA initiative.
In order to become a supporting State for the MLA initiative, States
need to have signed an official Note
verbale (docx) voicing their support for the Permanent
Declaration (pdf). The Permanent Declaration is not a binding
legal instrument, but rather a way for States to express their support
for the objective of States to open negotiations on a procedural
multilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance and extradition to
cover the existing gap in the international legal framework for core
Sending a digital copy of the Note verbale to
MLAfirstname.lastname@example.org will ensure a swift response.
On this webpage delegations and other interested parties will be able
to access the most recent versions of the relevant documents
concerning the MLA initiative and find information on upcoming meetings.
video about MLA initiative (00:02:57)