Provisional Agenda

 

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) MEETING

TO IMPROVE MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN THE HEMISPHERE

April 30-May 2, 2003

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Wednesday, April 30 – DAY 1

 

0830               Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

0900               Opening - Words of welcome (TBC) and Introduction of the Agenda      Presentation by the Minister of Justice, the Honorable Martin Cauchon (TBC)

 

0920               Introductory Remarks – Sr. Enrique Lagos, OAS

 

0930               Panel:  The increasing importance of Mutual Legal Assistance in the

Americas - an overview - presentation by Attorney General Osorio, Colombia; Eugenio Curia, Argentina; and, Kimberly Prost, Commonwealth Secretariat

•  Treaties and Law                           •  Comparative criminal procedure

•   Important jurisprudence               •  Barriers of different legal systems etc.

 

1030               Break

 

1100                              History of the OAS Mutual Legal Assistance Working Group

 

1130               Plenary Session - Presentation of the results of the Questionnaire and analysis

of points of discussion.

 

1230               Lunch

 

1400               Workshop Discussion/Fact situation - led by selected delegations with a view to identify and discuss obstacles to the delivery of effective mutual legal assistance:

 

Workshop 1 – In this workshop groups will examine matters related to the issues of terrorist financing, securities fraud and asset restraint, seizure and forfeiture such as the various steps in the process, issues of domestic law and structural differences in respective legal systems.

Working Group A (Victoria Hall)               Working Group B (Freiman Room)

 

1530               Break

 

1600               Workshop Discussion (Victoria Hall)

 

 

Provisional Agenda

 

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) MEETING

TO IMPROVE MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN THE HEMISPHERE

April 30-May 2, 2003

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Thursday, May 1 – DAY 2

 

0830               Continental Breakfast

 

0900               Workshop 2- Case Study – In this workshop groups will examine matters such

as the issue of delay, the role of central authorities and difficulties related to

confidential informants and territorial jurisdiction.

            Working Group A  (Freiman Room)         Working Group B  (Victoria Room)

 

1030               Break

 

1100               Workshop Discussion (Victoria Hall)

 

1145               Presentation of the Website

 

1230               Lunch

 

1400               Presentation of Draft Recommendations for REMJA V

 

1530               Break

 

1600               Discussion of Recommendations for REMJA V

 

 

Friday, May 2 – DAY 3

 

0830               Continental Breakfast

 

0900               Approval of Recommendations for REMJA V

 

1030               Break

 

1100               Secure E-Mail and Training Session

 

1115               Protocol

 

1200               Closing Remarks