Riyadh Arab Agreement for Judicial Cooperation Signatories
On December 23, 2019, seven Arab countries signed the Riyadh Arab Agreement for Judicial Cooperation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The agreement aims to strengthen cooperation between Arab countries in the legal field by facilitating the extradition of fugitives, sharing information and experiences, and promoting judicial education and training.
The signatories of the agreement are Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement came into effect upon its signing and is expected to enhance the effectiveness and speed of regional judicial cooperation.
One of the key highlights of the Riyadh Arab Agreement is the extradition of fugitives. The agreement specifies the procedures for extradition, which involves a formal request from the requesting country, followed by a review by the requested country’s judicial authority. This process is expected to streamline the extradition process and reduce the time and resources required for it.
The agreement also encourages countries to share information and experiences in the legal field. This includes information on current laws, court procedures, and judicial practices. This exchange of information is expected to enhance the quality of justice and promote consistency in the application of the law across the region.
In addition, the agreement focuses on promoting judicial education and training. This includes training programs for judges, prosecutors, and lawyers, as well as the establishment of a regional center for judicial training. This training is expected to improve the skills and knowledge of legal professionals, leading to a more effective and efficient legal system in the region.
The Riyadh Arab Agreement for Judicial Cooperation is a significant development in regional legal cooperation. By promoting the extradition of fugitives, sharing information and experiences, and promoting judicial education and training, the agreement is expected to strengthen the rule of law and enhance the effectiveness of the legal system in the Arab world.