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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Abduction, Transboundary

Stephan Wilske

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 October 2021

Foreign judgments, recognition and enforcement

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Transboundary abduction, also referred to as ‘extraterritorial abduction’, has never been an uncommon alternative to formal extradition. Even St Paul the Apostle reports that prior to his conversion he persecuted what he considered as heretics in foreign cities (Acts 26:11). Also, in Sophocles’s play Oedipus at Colonus, the king of Thebes captures Oedipus’ daughters Ismene and Antigone by force to carry them off toward Thebes. More recent cases relate to the abduction of Adolf Eichmann (Eichmann Case) and Antoine Argoud. 2 In the Eichmann Case, Israel exercised...
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