Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction: Bigger Picture or Smaller Frame?

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Canadian Law, Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction, International Treaties


The authors review extensively Canadian law and practice on the exercise of extraterritorial criminal jurisdiction, and the extent to which that may have changed in recent years. They conclude that, while there are now many more instances of Canada asserting extraterritorial jurisdiction, any change in policy is more apparent than real. What has changed is how often the situations that prompt extraterritorial jurisdiction arise, particularly in that there are now many international treaties requiring Canada to exercise jurisdiction in this way. The authors also argue that this policy of cautious expansion and constructive engagement with international practice is desirable and will continue to serve well both Canada and the international community.