Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Extradition of transnational terrorists is a legal method of dealing with the dilemma of terrorism. A typical extradition treaty contains, however, a "political offense" exception under which the request for the extradition of an individual will be denied when the crime with which he is charged constitutes a "political offense." The judicial offense recognizes that terrorist crimes are outside the purview of the political offense exception. This article examines the development of French jurisprudence on the extradition of transnational terrorists, focusing upon whether terrorist acts can be considered as political offenses and thus exempt from extradition.