Following on from a reference in the Queen’s Speech last year – the Government has introduced the Extradition (Provisional) Arrest Bill. This Bill amends Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) to create a new power of arrest without a domestic warrant for extradition purposes where a person has been requested by one of 6 “trusted” countries for a serious offence.
Extradition lawyers have, for the past three and a half years, been baffled by their very own Brexit
conundrum. How is it that the Conservatives, historically the party of law and order, could (broadly)
support leaving the EU when, since 2003, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) scheme has led to
the removal of thousands of suspected or convicted offenders from these shores?
Tucked in between the “reasonable worst-case” scenarios for food, trade and fuel is a stark one liner: “Law enforcement and information sharing between U.K. and EU will be disrupted”. The reduction in capability of law enforcement agencies that will come from a no deal will, according to government documents, be accompanied by an increase in cross-border crime.
Yesterday, 17th July, as the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statue, is celebrated as International Criminal Justice Day. The Rome Statute led to the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which tries the most serious international crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression.
In April 2019, Polly Higgins, a British barrister, passed away after devoting ten years of her life to a campaign for a new law of ‘ecocide’ – a law that would make corporate executives and government ministers criminally liable for the damage they cause to the environment. In this blog, we consider the current framework for punishing environmental crime at international level, and what the proposed crime of ecocide might look like.