As recently as the early 1970s, the United States typically made and received only 40 requests for international extradition per year. As the world has become “flatter”, there has been a concomitant explosion in transnational criminal activity to which the United States has had to respond. In 2008 alone, 589 people were extradited to it and many others extradited by it. The treatise is designed for prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and academics. Written by the former Department of Justice official responsible for implementation of United States extradition statutes and treaties as it began designing the mechanisms to cope with the explosion of transnational criminal activity, it analyzes in detail the legal aspects of, and operation under, those statutes and treaties.
Michael Abbell, A.B. (1961) Harvard University, LL.B (1964) Harvard Law School. He is a consultant on transnational criminal legal matters, author of treatises on Obtaining Evidence from Abroad in Criminal Cases (Brill) and International Prisoner Transfer (Brill), and articles on related subjects.
Prosecutors, defense attorneys (including federal public defenders), judges and academics interested in the legal basis for, and operation of, international extradition from the perspective of the United States.