A ‘Qualified SPOC’ Approach for India and Mutual Legal Assistance
Peter Swire & Deven Desai
Lawfare, March 2, 2017

There has been growing legal, policy, and academic attention to the topic of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA), the mechanisms for evidence held in one country to be provided to a different country for law enforcement purposes. This post summarizes recent developments and proposes a new mechanism for MLA that could be used for the important country of India, and also more generally.


Reforming Mutual Legal Assistance Needs Engagement Beyond the U.S.
Ian Brown, Vivek Krishnamurthy, and Peter Swire
Lawfare, March 1, 2016

In this short post, the three authors – who have each written on the subject of MLA reform and who have each convened meetings on the subject (from Washington to Brussels) – stress the importance of a better understanding of both the strengths and weaknesses of each of the countries involved in MLA to avoid distrust based on misunderstanding.  Most basically, the three advocate for MLA reform in the US as well as in Europe and globally.