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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 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal International

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

Previously, 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 US intelligence community legal authorities, Senate treaty practice and US treaty-making.

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 by virtue of service at the US Department of Justice in the Criminal Division. 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.

After 9/11, he served as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics and Counter-proliferation. 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 Mexico and Colombia. He also exercised policy oversight of US-Russia programs to permanently deactivate USSR ballistic missile submarines, ICBM motors, and chem/bio arms stockpiles.

Mr. Douglas is an active member of the bar of Texas, the District of Columbia, Maryland, the U.S. District Court (Md.) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

A Navy veteran, in 2006 he served in Iraq. During the 1970s, he was a submarine crewman.

Reach him at richardjdouglas@gmail.com.


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Wonderful presentation-speaker had a wealth of knowledge and experience which made this session so worthwhile.

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James R.

Great presentation. Very knowledgeable speaker.

Joseph M.

Very good --- would definitely recommend this one !!!

Bilar M.

Very well structured and informative presentation

Michael D.

Interesting subject matter and comprehensive overview of key items. The instructor was a little bit dry, but his materials are an excellent resource to look-up items.

Jodie S.

Very interesting

Sean H.

Very straight forward and useful

Lawrence E.

very good

Steven R.

Good summary

Michael P.

Very clearly presented, comprehensive, and informative.

Margarita A.

Excellent !

Alexandra F.

great materials

michael g.

Very good overview of the extradition process for this in-house contracts attorney.

Chesnoff S.

Excellent presentation

Arie E.

Very informative. Thank you.

Frank M.

The presenter was excellent. Subject matter interesting. Cogent presentation.

John K.

I particularly liked the historical background - Tom Nash and the Hermione mutiiny, the Webster Ashburton Treaty, the War of the Pacific, the murder of Colosio - it added real depth to the talk.

Patti N.

Interesting and informative talk, but you ruined Interpol for me forever. I shall never watch a movie in the same way again. (ha ha)

Terrie J.

Great presentation and information was pertinent and helpful!

Chanda U.

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Mary Ellen D.

Really interesting! Sounds like a fascinating area of practice!

James C.

Fascinating stuff!

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very informative

John M.

Great presentation. Perfect balance between provision of important details and palatability for a one hour CLE presentation..

Hilda E.

Outstanding Presentation & Topic

Elizabeyh L.

Very much enjoyed this presentation!! Extremely informative.

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Christopher B.

The presenter did an excellent job. This was highly informative.

Mark K.

Interesting material.

Mark M.

Good energy and experiences of the presenter

Walter M.

Exceptional presentation and materials.

Andrew P.

Nice overview of a complex topic.

Stephen K.

Very interesting subject presented in a straight forward manner.

Glenn C.

Thank you for the very informative presentation!

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This was one of the best CLE’s I’ve listened to on Lawline.

Matthew M.

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Adrienne P.

Well done.

Richard C.

Excellent program. Concise but comprehensive. And thank you for all the valuable contact information.

Magin P.

Very good and informative program, great presenter.

Debra P.

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

Robin N.

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Mary Ellen V.

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kristine b.

To the point, easy to follow, practical.

Anna S.

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Martha L.

More like this please,

Zakiyah B.

very good presentation. thank you!

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