Demanding Surrender

The exchange of wanted persons between the UK and the US is a contentious issue and has been for more than 200 years. 

Ben Jones
Ben Jones

Anglo-American extradition is in the news. The administrations of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have refused to return Anne Sacoolas for prosecution over teenager Harry Dunn’s death in 2019 on the grounds of her diplomatic immunity. Yet both have pressed for the transfer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who may become the first person to be returned to the US on espionage charges. The cases have prompted criticism of a powerful country’s high-handed approach to extradition, but they are not arbitrary. They can be situated within a set of rules governing Anglo-American extradition that spans more than 200 years.

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription

If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in.

Please email if you have any problems.