Does the US have juristriction over the whole world?
ukcrypto at sourcetagged.ian.co.uk
Sat Nov 26 21:09:23 GMT 2011
On 26 Nov 2011, at 19:40, Peter Fairbrother wrote:
> Peter Fairbrother wrote:
>> It is not unusual for US law and US Courts to claim jurisdiction
>> anywhere in the world, eg they do this over the taxpaying
>> requirements of US citizens.
> BTW, UK law does this too - the Outer Space Act applies to UK
> citizens activities anywhere in the world.
The difference between UK and US approaches is that UK law only
applies extraterritorially to UK subjects or to persons "owing a duty
to the crown". The latter has been used in cases where a foreign
national is employed by the UK (e.g. a foreign spy employed overseas
by the UK can commit treason against the crown). The US approach
frequently claims extraterritorial jurisdiction over persons who are
not US citizens and have no relationship to the US (e.g.
"extraordinary rendition" under bounty-hunting laws or, as we would
call it, criminal kidnapping).
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