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Research Handbook on International Financial Crime

Research Handbook on International Financial Crime

Research Handbooks in Financial Law series

Edited by Barry Rider

A significant proportion of serious crime is economically motivated. Almost all financial crimes will be either motivated by greed, or the desire to cover up misconduct. This Handbook addresses financial crimes such as fraud, corruption and money laundering, and highlights both the risks presented by these crimes, as well as their impact on the economy. The contributors cover the practical issues on the topic on a transnational level, both in terms of the crimes and the steps taken to control them. They place an emphasis on the prevention, disruption and control of financial crime. They discuss, in eight parts, the nature and characteristics of economic and financial crime, the enterprise of crime, business crime, the financial sector at risk, fraud, corruption, the proceeds of financial and economic crime, and enforcement and control.

Chapter 53: Extradition

Colin Wells and Emma Stuart-Smith

Subjects: economics and finance, financial economics and regulation, law - academic, corruption and economic crime, finance and banking law


Extradition is the legal process for returning a person to the jurisdiction of a foreign state, at the request of that state (“the requesting state”). They may be requested to return only for the purpose of criminal prosecution or for sentencing or the execution of sentence. They cannot be returned for the purpose of investigation. It is different to deportation which is the process by which a country removes the person from within the state. Extradition is a crucial process in the combating of crime, and in particular serious and organised crime, on an international level and through international judicial cooperation. It serves to ensure that a person cannot escape justice by leaving a country. The law also serves to protect those whose extradition is sought in such circumstances where they would suffer injustice or oppression. In this chapter we will provide a concise overview of the law of extradition and the basis upon which someone may oppose extradition. We also focus upon the key principles that lie at the heart of extradition law and have particular importance to international financial crime. Due to the complexity of this area of law, it is impossible to provide a comprehensive overview in this text. Of particular note, we do not deal with procedural issues, abuse of process, bar by reason of earlier extradition to the UK or cases where someone is charged with an offence in this jurisdiction or serving a sentence in this jurisdiction.

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