Ungoverned Spaces, Transnational Crime, and the Prohibition on Extraterritorial Enforcement Jurisdiction in International Law

Dan E. Stigall

Driven by internationalization efforts such as those that accompanied
the global efforts to combat the illicit drug trade, international law enforcement
efforts by the United States have developed markedly over the past few
decades. Scholars note that “[p]olicing transnational crime has evolved from
a limited and ad hoc assortment of police actions and extradition agreements to
a highly intensive and regularized collection of law enforcement mechanisms
and institutions.” A notable element of this phenomenon has been the
increased need by domestic law enforcement agencies to conduct
extraterritorial law enforcement operations. This is especially so in areas of
the world where there is no governmental counterpart willing or able to take

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