Mutual legal assistance to strengthen Indonesia-ASEAN forest governance

Mutual legal assistance to strengthen Indonesia-ASEAN forest governance

Key points:

  • With diverse transboundary links in environmental crimes increasingly prominent, there is a need to identify tools to enhance international or regional cooperation in order to strengthen forest enforcement.
  • Mutual legal assistance (MLA) has particular potential to facilitate cooperation across jurisdictions.
  • Provisions on dual criminality and predicate offenses often limit the scope for MLA on forest-related crimes, both within Indonesia and in partner countries.
  • Proactive establishment of bilateral MLA agreements could strengthen MLA use, including with countries where the financiers and traders often reside and bank.
  • Existing platforms provide opportunities to operationalize country commitments to international cooperation on environmental topics.

Authors: Sinaga, A.C.; Phelps, J.; Trisasongko, D.; Rahayu, M.K.

Geographic: Indonesia,South East Asia

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 77

Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Publication Year: 2014

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/005050


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