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Mutual legal assistance in the digital age and Taiwan’s new southbound policy

WASHINGTON, USA – The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) released a new policy backgrounder co-authored by executive director Russell Hsiao and program assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee entitled “Mutual Legal Assistance in the Digital Age and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.”

Despite its efforts, Taiwan continues to lack access to key international organizations focused on combating transnational crime, cybersecurity, and law enforcement cooperation, particularly INTERPOL. Yet, considering the new and complex threats posed by transnational cybercrime, Taiwan’s ability to establish mutual legal assistance treaties (MLAT) is paramount. To this end, Taiwan’s revitalized New Southbound Policy, with its emphasis on South and Southeast Asia’s growing economic and digital footprints, presents an ideal platform for establishing and deepening such cooperation.

This policy backgrounder not only seeks to illustrate the importance of MLATs as criminal activity becomes more digitized, but also highlights existing partnerships and platforms that have proven successful in combating transnational cybercrime as well as their challenges.

Download the report here.



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