n Acta Juridica - The trend to 'universal extradition' over subsidiary universal jurisdiction in the suppression of transnational crime : transnational and organized crime

Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



Since the nineteenth century, criminal activity has, at first gradually and then more rapidly, developed a significant extra-territorial dimension with criminals engaging in cross-border activity both in response to market opportunities and in order to reduce their vulnerability to law enforcement. In the twentieth century, the opening of markets, the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services and the improvement in transport and telecommunications provided a perfect opportunity for the globalization of culture, commerce and crime. This globalization of crime continues today, and it presents, essentially, two kinds of legal problems for states.

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