• Law

    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

    Judge Malcolm Simmons hosted an excellent seminar and was one of the keynote speakers at a conference on mutual legal assistance in Venice. While removing border controls in the EU has made it easier for EU citizens to travel around freely it has also made it easier for criminals to operate across borders. The rules on gathering evidence in criminal matters in the EU are based on ‘mutual assistance’ agreements. In particular (1) the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (20 April 1959) and its additional protocols, plus bilateral agreements concluded under Article 26; (2) the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and its additional protocols and (3) the…