Online Trainings

Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA)

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Oct 2 - 27




EUR 780




Mutual legal assistance or “MLA” is the term used to describe the exchange of information between law enforcement authorities in different nations. The exchange can be informal, as when an investigator in one country asks an investigator in another country to voluntarily provide the requested information. Or it can be formal, as when an investigator or prosecutor in one nation invokes a treaty or domestic law requiring the information requested be furnished.

This four-week course will cover both forms of MLA. It will focus on requests involving corruption and money laundering offenses and the recovery of stolen assets in accordance with Chapter V of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.  A formal MLA request must comply with the domestic law of the state requesting assistance, the state from which assistance is requested, and international law.  To the extent practicable, the course will cover the national laws of participants’ home countries. Studies of these statutes will be supplemented by case studies of the MLA laws of Switzerland, and the United States. Article 46 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption will be used to illustrate international law principles and the UNODC’s MLA Request Writer Tool discussed.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Know how to develop contacts with counterparts in other nations
  • Understand the difference between requesting intelligence and evidence
  • Know the legal prerequisites to making a formal request for MLA
  • Be able to draft a basic request for MLA
  • Be able to evaluate alternatives to formal MLA

Structure and Workload

Approximately 32 Hours (8 hours per week)

The course will be problem-oriented, collaborative and it will combine online, interactive sessions with selected readings, individual assignments, and presentations by guest lecturers and participants. Each week participants will be given a problem that can arise when seeking evidence from another nation or the recovery of stolen assets to work through.

This course is for

Prosecutors, anticorruption agency personnel, and legal practitioners involved in the investigation or adjudication of transnational crimes involving corruption and money laundering and those responsible for seeking the return of stolen assets.


A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all participants who successfully complete the course.


Richard E. Messick

Mr. Messick is American attorney who consults for international organizations, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations on legal development and anticorruption issues. He served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where he advised Senators on whether to approve bilateral extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties submitted by the Executive Branch.

He has represented individuals and corporations involved in extradition and mutual legal assistance requests, taught international law at American law schools, and trained prosecutors and anticorruption agency personnel on extradition and mutual legal assistance.

Payment options

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FEE - EUR 780.00

20% discount - EUR 624.00

15% discount - EUR 663. 00

10% discount - EUR 702.00

International Anti-Corruption Academy

Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria  |  T: +43 2236 710 718 101

© 2023 IACA. Developed by IACA.

Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria  |  T: +43 2236 710 718 101

© 2023 IACA. Developed by IACA.

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