chapter  8
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Liaising in international organisations


There are two broad scenarios for international co-operation that may involve liaison officers: the appointment of a ‘police’ or ‘customs’ envoy to a diplomatic mission abroad, or the posting of liaison officers to an international organisation where they work together under commonly agreed rules. In the first role, a law enforcement attaché to an embassy, in addition to being a representative for his or her country’s agencies, has a support and advisory role for the ambassador. Where such a role exists, it will normally be the primary channel for bilateral co-operation, but many countries do not have the resources to fund this kind of liaison officer or are only able to do so on a limited basis.