Extraterritorial Application of American Criminal Law

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Crime is ordinarily proscribed, tried, and punished according to the laws of the place where it occurs. American criminal law applies beyond the geographical confines of the United States, however, under certain limited circumstances. A surprising number of federal criminal statutes have extraterritorial application, but prosecutions have been few. This may be because when extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction does exist, practical and legal complications, and sometimes diplomatic considerations, may counsel against its exercise.

Creator(s): Doyle, Charles
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: February 15, 2012
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Doyle, Charles

Senior Specialist in American Public Law

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: February 15, 2012
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Crime is ordinarily proscribed, tried, and punished according to the laws of the place where it occurs. American criminal law applies beyond the geographical confines of the United States, however, under certain limited circumstances. A surprising number of federal criminal statutes have extraterritorial application, but prosecutions have been few. This may be because when extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction does exist, practical and legal complications, and sometimes diplomatic considerations, may counsel against its exercise.

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