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NCJ Number: 120186 Find in a Library
Title: International Terrorism and the Investigation of Transnational Crime: Diplomatic Issues (From International Terrorism: The Decade Ahead, P 13-19, 1989, Jane Rae Buckwalter, ed. -- See NCJ-120184)
Author(s): M V Mochary
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Through the negotiation of international legal instruments and the use of informal legal cooperation with other nations, the Reagan administration has been effective in combating international terrorism and transnational crime.
Abstract: On the international level, the law which circumscribes terrorism and provides sanctions for those who engage in terrorist acts is contained in a series of multilateral conventions. Several international instruments require the parties to establish criminal jurisdiction over specified offenses typically committed by terrorists and to make these offenses punishable by severe penalties. These conventions include the Hague Convention of 1970, which covers aircraft hijacking; the Montreal Convention of 1971, which applies to aircraft sabotage; the 1975 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons; and the 1979 Convention Against the Taking of Hostages. In extradition treaties, there is a growing trend toward elimination of the political-offense exception to extradition as a shelter for fugitive terrorists. Currently pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are six recently negotiated treaties on mutual assistance in criminal matters. There has also been informal law enforcement cooperation at the international level. Through the aforementioned efforts, the United States has sought to ensure that terrorists are tried, convicted, and imprisoned for their crimes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): International agreements; International cooperation; International terrorism
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Presented at the Third Annual International Symposium on Criminal Justice Issues in 1988.
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