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The forum bar in UK extradition law: an unnecessary failure.

Arnell, Paul; Davies, Gemma


Gemma Davies


The introduction of the forum bar into UK extradition law was unnecessary. It is a failure. It was unnecessary because extant law addressed, or could have addressed, the putative mischief giving rise to it. It is a failure because it admits only limited and optional prosecutorial input into forum bar decisions and, more fundamentally, because it is founded upon two misplaced premises. The forum bar is irredeemable and should be repealed.


ARNELL, P. and DAVIES, G. 2020. The forum bar in UK extradition law: an unnecessary failure. Journal of criminal law [online], 84(2), pages 142-162. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 7, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 30, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2020
Journal Journal of criminal law
Print ISSN 0022-0183
Electronic ISSN 1740-5580
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Issue 2
Pages 142-162
Keywords Allocation of jurisdiction; Bars to extradition; Criminal procedure; Jurisprudence; Legal history
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