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Is Africa making the most of MLA and extradition to combat organised crime?

New research shows how better cooperation between governments could tighten the net around transnational organised criminal markets and actors.

Mutual legal assistance and extradition are well-established global measures to deal with transitional organised crime. But how widely used and effective are they in Africa?

Two decades since the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) was adopted, new research explores the efficacy of mutual legal assistance and extradition in African states. This seminar discusses the findings of a new report, focusing on regional instruments that complement UNTOC, and what can be done to yield better results. Practical measures to ensure cooperation will also be presented.

Moderator: Adv Vusumzi Pikoli, ENACT Advisory Board member


  • Olwethu Majola, PhD Researcher, Centre for Criminology, UCT
  • Charles Goredema, Independent Expert
  • Martin Ewi, ENACT Regional Observatory Coordinator, ISS
  • Head of Malawi Criminal Analytical Unit
  • Daniel Bryan Magagula, Principal Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Eswatini
Development partners
ENACT is funded by the European Union. ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies and INTERPOL, in affiliation with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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