Anti-corruption glossary

Mutual legal assistance (MLA)

Mutual Legal Assistance is the formal process of cooperation between two or more jurisdictions, for example on cross-border money laundering, asset recovery and tax evasion cases. Through this cooperation, which is usually enacted through a treaty, a state can ask for and receive assistance in gathering information and evidence from private and public sources for use in official investigations and prosecutions.

Why it matters

Governments should ensure greater domestic and international inter-agency cooperation to enable more effective and faster cross-border sharing of information.

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