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Cooperation with third countries and judicial networks
Judicial cooperation in criminal matters between EU Member States and third countries continues to be governed by international law treaties and agreements, either bilateral or multilateral. As far as the multilateral instruments are concerned, there are legal instruments adopted under the aegis of the Council of Europe and the United Nations (UN) and the Agreements that the EU has concluded with some third countries (for the documents, please go to the Judicial library that you can access via the homepage of the EJN).
Organised and transnational crime can be tackled more efficiently by linking judicial networks specialised in judicial cooperation in criminal matters, working together in a decentralised and informal manner. Contacts through judicial networks facilitate the practical implementation of the binding legal framework for judicial cooperation and speed up the procedures.
In case a third country does not belong to any judicial network, the direct nomination of contact points can fulfil the same purpose. Such nominations may take place also in case there is a particular need, e.g. in relation to countries which the EU Member States cooperate with on a more regular basis.
The EJN has established close relations with other judicial networks and through contact points in various third countries. These contact points are judges, prosecutors or other practitioners from local judicial authorities and central authorities. As a result, the EJN Contact Points enjoy direct access to contacts on a global scale.
You can find information on networks by selecting a network from the drop-down menu above. Relevant information on individual countries can be reached by either clicking a country of interest on the map, or selecting one from the drop-down menu.
All networks and third countries, which the EJN is cooperating with, are included; these are highlighted in green. EU (and EJN) Member States are shown in blue.
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- Explanatory Memorandum on the need for enhancing the collaboration and improving the interconnection between the European Judicial Network (EJN) and similar judicial cooperation Networks and structures in criminal matters; and the regional cooperation with 3rd countries – 41st Plenary meeting of the EJN in Vilnius (2013). Available in: DE, EN, ES, FR, PT, Arabic and Russian.
- White Paper on the implementation of the Explanatory Memorandum and cooperation with other EJN partners – 43rd Plenary meeting of the EJN in Rome (2014).
- Salvador Declaration on Comprehensive Strategies for Global Challenges: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Systems and Their Development in a Changing World – Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in El Salvador (2010).
- El Salvador Recommendations - Ancillary Meeting to the twelfth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Prevention and Criminal Justice in El Salvador (2010).
- Resolution of Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Strengthening of regional networks for international cooperation in criminal matters - Nineteenth session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna (2010).
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