Tuesday, August 5, 2008

GAL Justice

I've been learning about discussions of Global Administrative Law, which is a legal framework for understanding all the various global bodies that now create so many regulations and standards that are important for how our global society works.


I ran across this article on CNN today about a Justice Department prosecution of individuals who had stolen 40 million credit card numbers.

The article points out that the crime is a global one. "Three of the defendants are from the United States; three are from Estonia; three are from Ukraine, two are from China and one is from Belarus."

The individuals were apparently prosecuted under American law. I'd be curious to know how effective American law is at prosecuting people outside of America who commit crimes like this. Are other countries bound to extradite the perps? Is there an automatic procedure, or does every extradition have to be negotiated individually?

When more crimes can be global like this, what structures of justice are most effective for protecting the rights of the accused, punishing guilty people, and even deciding what the rules for a global justice system should be? Who has the power?

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