- First-ever collaboration between Law Commission and the Criminal Law Reform Now Network to produce a scoping study looking into possible project on international cooperation in criminal law.
- Work will commence in autumn 2023, with publication of findings expected in 2024.
In a new initiative, the Law Commission of England and Wales has invited the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRNN), an established research network, to look at whether a law reform project on international cooperation in criminal law is needed and, if so, what the scope might be.
This research will inform the Law Commission’s consideration of whether such a project should be included in its next programme of law reform. Work on the study will start in autumn 2023, with publication of the scoping report findings expected in 2024.
This is the first collaboration of this kind between the Commission and a research network. The project and a memorandum of understanding with CLRNN are new steps in the Commission’s ongoing work with academic organisations.
International cooperation can be required for a wide range of crimes, such as cybercrime, sexual abuse, money laundering and terrorism offences. It may involve Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) to obtain evidence held in another country, joint investigation teams from more than one country, or extradition. International cooperation in criminal law was suggested as a topic for a possible law reform project in the Commission’s consultation on projects to include in the 14th Programme of Law Reform.
The Law Commission continues to welcome further proposals for law reform projects and we have an open invitation for the submission of law reform ideas.