Friday, September 12, 2014

Bassiouni on International Extradition -- New Sixth Edition

Bassiouni Extradition 6th edM. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where he taught from 1964-2012.  He was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute (established in 1990), and served as President from 1990-1997, and then President Emeritus. In 1972, he was one of the founders of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) located in Siracusa, Italy, where he served as Dean from 1972-1989 and now serves as President. He recently organized an extraordinary High-Level Meeting of Experts in International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, with 94 participants from 38 countries.

So let's just say he's always been a busy guy, and he hasn't slowed down a bit since taking Emeritus Status.

But busy people have a way of getting things done, and Bassiouni is no exception here.  He has just published the sixth edition of International Extradition: United States Law and Practice, published by Oxford University Press.  This is a comprehensive,  must-have title for anyone doing work with international extradition, with 999 pages of text followed by another 296 pages of appendices and indexes. The text is well written and focused. Citaitons are provided throughout for use by practitioners and tribunals.

Here are the subjects covered:

  1. The Legal Framework of Extradition in International Law and Practice
  2. Legal Bases for Extradition in the United States
  3. Asylum and Extradition
  4. Disguised Extradition: The Use of Immigration Laws as Alternatives to Extradition
  5. Abduction and Unlawful Seizure as Alternatives to Extradition
  6. Theories of Jurisdiction and Their Application
  7. Substantive Requirements: Dual Criminality, Extraditable Offenses, and Non-Inquiry
  8. Denial of Extradition: Defenses, Exceptions, Exemptions, and Exclusions
  9. Pretrial Proceedings
  10. The Extradition Hearing
  11. The Review Process and Executive Discretion
  12. Surrender and Miscellaneous Matters

This book provides the most comprehensive coverage on international extradition and is an essential title for anyone working in the area.  But even if your work or scholarship doesn't deal directly with extradition, you'll find yourself falling into the pages of this book. Topics such as secret evidence, head of state and diplomatic immunity, and in abstentia convictions will reach out and grab your intellectual curiosity. 


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