Mutual Legal Assistance

Aims and Tasks:

The ECBA acknowledges the fact that criminal investigations are increasingly becoming cross-border. As a result, many investigative and prosecuting authorities have to use mutual legal assistance proceedings in order to gather evidence, extradite suspects and sometimes obtain the transfer of frozen assets abroad. The ECBA shares the view that mutual legal assistance in criminal matters has to be carried out in full respect of fundamental rights and rule of law principles.

In this light, the purpose of the MLA working group is to improve knowledge and awareness among defence practitioners of various mutual legal assistance instruments, and procedural and other ECHR safeguards in mutual legal assistance proceedings, in order to provide effective advice and representation to individuals and entities facing mutual legal assistance proceedings.

In addition, the group also aims to inform and advocate on procedural and other ECHR safeguards in cases of mutual legal assistance proceedings and application of these safeguards to legal entities i.e. their representatives.

MLA working group will work closely with the European Arrest Warrant and Extradition Forum working group, as well as the E-Evidence working group and the EPPO working group due to the proximity with the subjects that are discussed in these working groups.

Co-Chairs: Rebecca Niblock (UK) and Carla Reyes (Switzerland)

If you are interested in joining the working group or simply want to discuss, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Amedeo Barletta

Eamon McCarthy

Elisa Bianchetti

Nicola Canestrini

Oliver Pragal

Salomé Lemasson

Stephen Bailey

Valeria Cepoi

William Glover


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