Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction: Bigger Picture or Smaller Frame?

(2007) 11 Canadian Criminal Law Review 141

19 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2013

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Robert J. Currie

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Steve Coughlan

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2007

Abstract

The authors review extensively Canadian law and practice on the exercise of extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction, and the extent to which that may have changed in recent years. They conclude that, while there are now many more instances of Canada asserting extraterritorial jurisdiction, any change in policy is more apparent than real. What has changed is how often the situations that prompt extraterritorial jurisdiction arise, particularly in that there are now many international treaties requiring Canada to exercise jurisdiction in this way. The authors also argue that this policy of cautious expansion and constructive engagement with international practice is desirable and will continue to serve well both Canada and the international community.

Keywords: criminal law, international law, extraterritorial jurisdiction

Suggested Citation

Currie, Robert J. and Coughlan, Steve, Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction: Bigger Picture or Smaller Frame? (January 1, 2007). (2007) 11 Canadian Criminal Law Review 141, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2220893

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Steve Coughlan

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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