Problems with Current International and National Practices Concerning Extraterritorial Abductions

(2002) 8 Yearbook of the New Zealand Association for Comparative Law pp 57-99

(2003) 9 Revue Juridique Polynésienne pp 57-99

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper 21/2019

44 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2016 Last revised: 11 May 2019

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Alberto Costi

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: 2002

Abstract

English Abstract: Against a background of increasing raison d’Etat this paper reviews the state of international law on the question of extraterritorial abductions and examines whether international and national human rights instruments offer sufficient protection to the abducted criminal in the light of recent practice by international bodies and national courts. Part II briefly describes the general principles of international law governing extraterritorial abductions, including the circumstances when a states may be held responsible for abduction, the consequences facing the abducting state and the extent to which consent or irregular handing over by the state of refuge may preclude the wrongfulness of the act. Part III examines whether abduction and irregular rendition threaten the human rights of the abducted criminal and, if so, whether the captured individual may raise their violation on the international plane and obtain reparation for the injury suffered. Part IV deals with the impact of developments of international law on the jurisdiction of national courts to prosecute the abducted criminal when custody is obtained through illegal means. In conclusion, Part V reflects on the need to combat impunity as well as the necessity of persevering the rights of the individual and suggests a few solutions to the problems highlighted.

French Abstract: C’est dans le cadre d’un appel croissant à la raison d’Etat que cet article examine la position du droit international en matière d’enlèvements extraterritoriaux. La pratique récente des institutions internationales et des tribunaux nationaux y est répertoriée et la principales question discutée est de savoir si le droit international traditionnel et les instruments de droits de l’homme offrent une protection suffisante au présumé criminel victime d’une enlèvement.

Keywords: International Law, Extraterritorial abductions, Human Rights

JEL Classification: K10, K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Costi, Alberto, Problems with Current International and National Practices Concerning Extraterritorial Abductions (2002). (2002) 8 Yearbook of the New Zealand Association for Comparative Law pp 57-99, (2003) 9 Revue Juridique Polynésienne pp 57-99, Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper 21/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732891

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