Extradition / surrender

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The Netherlands regularly arrests people at the request of foreign judicial authorities. This may involve people trying to evade trial, or convicted offenders who have yet to serve their sentence (but fail to report or have escaped).

The transfer of persons by one country to another (for the purpose of trial or enforcement of a sentence) is called ‘extradition’.

In the case of transfer of persons between countries within the European Union – based on a European Arrest Warrant – this is called ‘surrender’. The surrender procedure is simpler and faster than the extradition procedure.

Our lawyers know all there is to know about these procedures. They have handles many cases and contribute to leading handbooks and comments on this aspect of International Criminal Law.

Caroline de Sitter is one of the authors of Tekst & Commentaar, Internationaal Strafrecht (Text & Comments, International Criminal Law).

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