UNODC's Tools

This section aims at collecting a variety of tools developed by UNODC for an more in-depth understanding of the aspects covered by the SHERLOC Knowledge Management Portal.

It contains:

  • tools for education and teaching of organized crime,
  • tools for the investigation and prosecution of smuggling of migrants,
  • tools for the investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons, 
  • international cooperation tools, in particular the MLA Request Writer Tool.

Educational Material

This section hosts a link to the teaching modules for professors on organized crime developed by UNODC under the Education for Justice initiative - a component of the Global Programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration.

Click here to access the section on "Educational Material".

Legal Briefs on Smuggling of Migrants

The legal briefs provide the user with easily accessible information on landmark cases in selected jurisdictions. UNODC has so far developed 27 legal briefs based on cases from: Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, UK, and the USA, and made them available on the Smuggling of Migrants Knowledge Portal / SHERLOC.

Click here to access the "Legal Briefs".

Case Digest on Trafficking in Persons

The Case Digest aims to assist criminal justice practitioners worldwide in addressing recurring evidential issues that are typical to trafficking in persons cases. It can help practitioners build a trafficking case. This tool collects an analysis of 135 cases from 31 jurisdictions and provides the reader with a wide range of options and possibilities to deal with particular evidential challenges.

Click here to access the "Case Digest".

Understanding Transnational Organized Crime eLearning Module

This module focuses on understanding organized crime, organized criminal groups and provisions of UN convention on organized crime. It also focuses on the social and criminal justice responses to organized crime, including law enforcement tools and prosecution strategies.

 Click here to access the "Understanding Transnational Organized Crime eLearning Module".

Mutual Legal Assistance Request Writer Tool

The Mutual Legal Assistance Request Writer Tool (MLA Tool) was developed by UNODC to assist criminal justice practitioners in drafting expeditiously MLA requests, thereby enhancing cooperation between States and accelerating responses to such requests. The Tool is an HTML-based stand-alone application, capable of running on all devices. It provides guidance to practitioners through each step of the drafting process and further helps them draft MLA requests by filling in all appropriate and relevant information.

Click here to access the "MLA Request Writer Tool".

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