Legal assistance

The establishment of strong domestic legal frameworks, in conformity with relevant international conventions, is crucial for helping countries successfully counter illicit trade.

Once the appropriate legal measures are in place, it is necessary to ensure that relevant officials can apply them effectively.

INTERPOL’s expertise in the field of legal assistance covers a broad range of skills and experience in the following areas:

  • International relations;
  • International treaty negotiation and processes;
  • Implementation of international instruments at the domestic level;
  • Legislative drafting;
  • Litigation;
  • Asset forfeiture;
  • Extradition;
  • Mutual legal assistance;
  • Capacity building and training.

INTERPOL offers legal assistance to its member countries with a view to:

  • Strengthening member countries’ legal framework in accordance with human rights and the rule of law.
  • Developing law enforcement capacities to undertake effective legal responses in the fight against trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting.
  • Coordinating efforts in the fight against illicit trafficking by creating a network of international organizations, private industry stakeholders, national and international law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice institutions.

Our main activities are:

  • Legal assistance for the ratification and implementation of relevant international instruments, with a view to helping member countries establish solid domestic legal frameworks and effective channels for international cooperation.
  • Capacity building and training, organized at the national and transnational levels for various stakeholders, including government officials, prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officers.
  • Coordination of and active participation in international conferences and forums bringing together international organizations, governments, civil society representatives (academics, NGOs, etc.) and private entities to raise awareness about the legal aspects of the problem and promote the adoption of a common strategy to address it.

These activities are carried out in close coordination with relevant international organizations and through the development of a number of tools such as:

  • A toolkit to fight trafficking in illicit goods;
  • Model legislation;
  • A database of legal resources;
  • Case studies.

Stefano Betti, INTERPOL Senior Legal Counsel

Rosella Mangion, INTERPOL Legal Officer