Extraordinary rendition and the laws of nations


laws of nations

By Aloy Ejimakor

THE act of extraordinary rendition by the state has led to the dramatic development of a fairly large body of jurisprudence in many nations. Both in civil and common law countries, the juridical reactions to extraordinary rendition is pretty much the same.

The decided cases point to a vested and predictable universal rule on extraordinary rendition that should guide any judiciary that finds itself confronted with it. For obvious reasons, I will not name names or render my personal or professional opinion on the impact of extraordinary rendition on the validity of prosecution of the person renditioned.

What I will do is to simply give excerpts of a few pertinent cases from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa that have, in addition to a few others, set universal precedents on extraordinary rendition.

The intention is to use extant judicial pronouncements to help anybody reading this – lawyer or layman – to have a richer understanding of the concept of…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper