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The Forum Bar in UK Extradition Law: An Unnecessary Failure

Arnell, Paul; Davies, Gemma


Paul Arnell


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 The forum bar is irredeemable and should be repealed.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., & Davies, G. (2020). The Forum Bar in UK Extradition Law: An Unnecessary Failure. Journal of Criminal Law, 84(2), 142-162.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020-04
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2024
Journal The 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
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