International Fugitives: A New Role for the International Court of Justice

International Fugitives: A New Role for the International Court of Justice

International Fugitives: A New Role for the International Court of Justice

International Fugitives: A New Role for the International Court of Justice

Synopsis

This volume argues that international extradition practices as they currently exist are not functioning adequately and that the inability of current extradition procedures to fulfill the needs of the parties involved poses a serious threat to world peace and security. The author proposes an alternative mechanism for dealing with requests for international extradition in which the International Court of Justice plays a central role.

Excerpt

International extradition involves the delivery of a fugitive from one state to another. These days, one cannot avoid hearing news accounts of the international extradition of, for example, drug offenders who are being delivered from Colombia to the United States. Indeed, as criminal activity has become more of an international than a purely local affair, requests for international extradition have increased worldwide, since fugitives flee the states in which their crimes were committed to other states where they seek refuge.

At first glance, extradition between states might seem to be a process that promotes international security. At a bare minimum, the rendition of fugitives by one state to another would suggest that the two states have cordial diplomatic relations.

Yet, in spite of the numerous extradition agreements that exist throughout the world community of nation-states, incidents of illegal international extradition continues to take place. Such incidents capture the attention of the world press for weeks . . .

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