Lawyers and law school professors from around the world congregated in Oxford, England in the last week in August 2016 to brainstorm on alternative methods of extradition in light of the possible exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. A poll of participants indicated that virtually all considered the two-day conference a “complete success,” said Dr. Gary Botting, a Canadian barrister and published expert on extradition law. ”In extradition matters, there is always a strong need of comparative information,” said Nicola Canestrini, a criminal lawyer from Italy, “and networking events, such as the one held Oxford, are fundamental for an effective defense.”
The first global conference on International Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Oxford attracted academic and practising lawyers from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. High on the agenda was an examination of the comparative merits of multilateral and bilateral extradition treaties, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and the Interpol Red Notice methods of extradition.