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International Extradition: An Introduction to U.S. Practice

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Produced on March 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

From narcotics trafficking to the theft of intellectual property, the field of international extradition can lead to high drama with a dynamic interplay of law, politics, and diplomacy. For the United States, international extradition is a diplomatic tool with a critically important judicial dimension where the Secretary of State, rather than the federal bench, has the last word. Using case studies and the instructor's experience in government and the private sector, this course provides an introduction to United States' practice in this interesting field. The course is taught from the perspective of a United States lawyer defending an individual in the United States federal judiciary against surrender to a foreign state or tribunal.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define key international extradition terms from the United States perspective
  2. Trace the origins and authorities for United States' international extradition activity, including domestic enabling statutes, key case law, Executive Branch agency rules, and treaties
  3. Review the legal authorities and roles of the cast of characters likely to be encountered in United States' extradition proceedings, including the Departments of State and Justice, state and federal prosecutors, the federal Judiciary, state and federal law enforcement personnel, INTERPOL, and foreign government diplomatic or consular personnel assigned to the United States
  4. Discuss basic extradition requirements and the defenses to extradition found in most treaties
  5. Analyze the choreography of incoming U.S. extradition proceedings and defense counsel's role, from Executive Branch receipt of a foreign extradition demand through final disposition, and review processes for outgoing U.S. requests for extradition to a foreign state
  6. Describe defense counsel's role in State Department deliberations about whether to formally surrender a person, national or foreign, who has been certified by the judiciary as extraditable
  7. Assess several alternatives to formal extradition and the possible legal consequences of each

Credit Information

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Richard Douglas has extensive government and private experience with U.S. extradition. As a Department of Justice Criminal Division Trial Attorney he was responsible for bilateral extradition dockets with Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Central America, as well as the judicial assistance docket with Switzerland. Mr. Douglas also has significant exposure to INTERPOL, as a Justice Department lawyer and as private counsel advocating for INTERPOL cancellation of politicized Red Notices.

Mr. Douglas has experience with U.S. regulatory and diplomatic considerations related to operation of a foreign air carrier in the United States specialized project cargo market.

Mr. Douglas served as the senior lawyer at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is an expert on Senate treaty practice and treaties on extradition and law enforcement.

For eight years he was a commissioned U.S. Foreign Service officer, with postings to Ciudad Juarez, Bilbao, Madrid, and the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States. He has direct experience with all aspects of U.S. and foreign extradition practice in bilateral and multilateral settings. In addition to Foreign Service experience in Ciudad Juarez, Mr. Douglas lived in Veracruz, Mexico, in connection with his private pursuits and speaks Spanish fluently. He has an active immigration and nationality practice.

Mr. Douglas is an active member of the bar of the District of Columbia, Maryland, the U.S. District Court (Md.) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After 9/11, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics. He was responsible for the annual Pentagon counter-narcotics portfolio of $1billion and 1,500 uniformed and civilian personnel. He has extensive experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, Russia and Colombia. A Navy veteran, in 2006 Mr. Douglas served in Iraq. During the 1970s, he was an Atlantic Fleet submariner. Reach him at richardjdouglas@gmail.com.


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Richard C.

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Debra P.

Great real-world examples to explain how the process works.

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To the point, easy to follow, practical.

Anna S.

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Martha L.

More like this please,

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