The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for Core Crimes: Filling the Gap?

Author: Alison Bisset
Published: 13.06.2022
Since 2011, work has been underway in the Mutual Legal Assistance Initiative (MLAI) to create a modern, procedural, multilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance and extradition, which better facilitates cooperation between states in the prosecution of international crimes. However, recent drafts of the Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes (The MLA Convention) go far beyond the regulation of inter-state assistance and create domestic regimes requiring the prosecution of alleged perpetrators and redress for victims. A number of Supporting States have voiced concerns regarding the inclusion of…