In order to sucessfully prosecute these crimes in domestic courts,
effective cooperation among States is essential. However, 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crimes is incomplete and outdated.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
MLA and extradition which would facilitate better practical
cooperation between States investigating and prosecuting these crimes.
States supporting the initiative will be invited to actively
participate in the diplomatic conference which will take place in
Slovenia from 8-9 June 2020. Non-supporting States will be invited as observers.
In order to become a supporting State for the MLA initiative, States
need to have a signed an official note
verbale voicing their support for the Permanent
Declaration. 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 extraditon to cover
the existing gap in the international legal framework for core
Sending a digital copy of the note verbale to MLAemail@example.com
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.