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Proceedings of the Harvard Law School Conference on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters

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Harvard International Law Journal Volume: 31 Issue: 1 Dated: (Winter 1990) Pages: complete issue
Date Published
127 pages
This journal issue presents materials from a conference convened in 1988 at the Harvard Law School to address the central problems of international cooperation in criminal matters.
The conference brought together senior government officials and scholars from the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Switzerland to discuss informally potential solutions to the principal problems of international cooperation. Two panels discussed variations in national procedures and theories for cooperation with other states. To illustrate the difficulties in international legal cooperation, the discussion addressed the specific example of the Hamadel extradition request by the United States to the Federal Republic of Germany, which arose from the hijacking of TWA 847. The primary speakers at this session were Heinrich Boge, President of the Budeskriminalamt (the West German equivalent to the FBI), and Mark Richard, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division. Another panel focused on international cooperation among police agencies and included presentations by senior officials from the police agencies of West Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. This panel addressed agreements and disagreements on international criminal law and provided a forum for assessing conflicting national attitudes. A paper by Juren Meyer illustrates the complexity of the issues involved in the conflict of national traditions and expectations. Additional topics covered problems in evidence collection in foreign nations, extradition issues, and the role of mutual legal assistance treaties. The conference concluded with a panel on strategies for improving international legal cooperation. Article footnotes

Date Published: January 1, 1990