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Extradition and the universality of human rights in Scotland.

Arnell, Paul



This article reviews the case law pertaining to human rights and extradition law, looking at whether the protection under ECHR art.3 applies equally within and outside the jurisdiction of state parties to the treaty and relativity in an extradition context. Discusses Amnott v United States (HCJ Appeal) that in the context of extradition, a potential mandatory life sentence, without parole, for a lesser crime than murder did not constitute a breach of ECHR art.3.


ARNELL, P. 2022. Extradition and the universality of human rights in Scotland. Scots law times [online], 2022(11), pages 55-59. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2022
Publication Date Apr 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2023
Journal Scots law times
Print ISSN 0036-908X
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2022
Issue 11
Pages 55-59
Item Discussed Amnott v United States [2022] HCJAC 6. 2022. S.L.T. 456. [2022] 1 WLUK 317 (HCJ Appeal)
Keywords Bars to extradition; Extradition orders; Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Life imprisonment; Proportionality; Scotland; United States; Universality principle; Whole life orders
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