Advanced Seminar (2018 edition)

Academic and practising lawyers from around the world congregated in Sarnico, Italy in the last week of June 2018 to brainstorm on current developments in extradition law in several countries, including the UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Albania, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. A poll of participants indicated that virtually all considered the two-day conference a “complete success,” said Robert Fleming, a JD student at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

The third edition of the global conference on International Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant was held at Hotel Cocca, on the shores of beautiful Lake Iseo (Italy) and attracted over 30 experts from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Scotland and Continental Europe. High on the agenda was an examination of the comparative practice of extradition in several jurisdictions, the current state of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) mechanism and the plan for future publications on extradition.

The seminar began with a comparison of the EU’s enhanced extradition model with the more mature American interstate extradition system. Participants debated whether the U.S. model could serve as a blueprint for the future developments of the European arrest warrant – an argument that was advanced to some extent by Auke Willems in a 2016 publication in the Criminal Law Forum journal.

Discussion then moved on current developments in International Extradition to/from Australia (with Australian academic and lawyer Ned Aughterson), Albania (with lawyer and former officer of the Ministry of Justice Arben Brace) and Switzerland (with lawyers Gregoire Mangeat and Alice Parmentier)