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Co-operation against crime: the conventions of the Council of Europe

Co-operation against crime: the conventions of the Council of Europe

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The fight against today's new forms of criminality, across Europe and beyond, can only be won with the necessary tools and, in particular, highly effective international co-operation in criminal matters.
For over fifty years, the Council of Europe has contributed to building a legal area based on the respect of human rights, the development of democracy and the promotion of the rule of law. It has progressively developed an important set of common legal instruments to assist states in dealing with crime.
This publication gathers together the main Council of Europe conventions on such co-operation mechanisms as extradition, mutual legal assistance, the transfer of sentenced persons, and the transfer of criminal proceedings. It also includes conventions addressing specific forms of crime which have a cross-border dimension, such as cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, and corruption.
Practitioners in the field of international co-operation in criminal matters, as well as policy makers and researchers, will find this publication a useful and up-to-date reference document.
The fight against today's new forms of criminality, across Europe and beyond, can only be won with the necessary tools and, in particular, highly effective international co-operation in criminal matters.
For over fifty years, the Council of Europe has contributed to building a legal area based on the respect of human rights, the development of democracy and the promotion of the rule of law. It has progressively developed an important set of common legal instruments to assist states in dealing with crime.
This publication gathers together the main Council of Europe conventions on such co-operation mechanisms as extradition, mutual legal assistance, the transfer of sentenced persons, and the transfer of criminal proceedings. It also includes conventions addressing specific forms of crime which have a cross-border dimension, such as cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, and corruption.
Practitioners in the field of international co-operation in criminal matters, as well as policy makers and researchers, will find this publication a useful and up-to-date reference document.

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The fight against today’s new forms of criminality such as economic andorganised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, trafficking in human beings,across Europe and beyond, can only succeed if we have the necessarytools, in particular in the form of highly effective international co-operation in criminal matters.Because a national border traditionally marks the point where the pow-ers of one national justice system end and the powers of another systembegin, it is difficult, if not impossible, for judges or the police to reachindividuals across those borders. The result may well be that it is possi-ble for a person to commit a crime, and by leaving the country, to escapeprosecution. Co-operation among States is therefore essential in order toensure security of our citizens by allowing for efficient prosecution ofsuspected criminals across national bordersThe events of recent years have shown the need to set up reliable andefficient co-operation channels. The need for an international responseto international criminality has meant that such co-operation should beenshrined in a clear and modern legal basis, in order to deal with diffi-cult and complex situations while avoiding disputes occurring amongthe interested States. As is the vocation of the Council of Europe, suchan international response should also be carried out in full respect ofindividual human rights and the rule of law.For over fifty years now, a series of some thirty treaties have been nego-tiated within the Council of Europe in the criminal field. They establish acommon legal basis for co-operation in criminal matters across Europeand sometimes beyond. These treaties cover such co-operation mech-anisms as extradition, mutual legal assistance and the transfer ofsentenced persons, but they also address specific forms of crimewhich more often than others have a cross border dimension, such ascyber-crime, money laundering, terrorism, trafficking in human beings,corruption.This compendium gathers together in one volume the main Council ofEurope Conventions established to ensure effective co-operation in thefight against various forms of criminality.I consider that this publication is very timely and I am confident that itwill contribute to the current Council of Europe endeavours to improvethe efficiency of international co-operation in criminal matters. This3

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