Arraigning Transnational Criminals in the Modern Age:

  • 2012

Arraigning Transnational Criminals in the Modern Age:

The Case for Defining and Universally Legalizing Irregular Renditions
Author:
David Cardenas
Abstract:

The governments of the United States and Europe are perplexed in dealing with transnational criminals and international terrorists. It is difficult to distinguish jurisdictions between domestic and international authorities. The types of threats we face have unmistakably changed since the end of the Cold War and after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This globalized era is threatened by transnational crime and international terrorism. Although the technical and tactical means of fighting these threats has changed immensely, the diplomatic and legal means to arraign, prosecute, and sentence transnational criminals and terrorists continue to lag.

The need to refine approaches in bringing transnational criminals and terrorists to justice is evident. Serious crimes and acts of terrorism are not confined to individual countries or regions; they are global. These actors do not recognize any type of border or law, domestic or international. Irregular renditions, therefore, remain a valuable tool in sequestering criminals abroad rather than allowing them to remain free.