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Lesson #8: European arrest warrant


Material for a 2-hour lesson, part of the International Police Co-operation Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School


One of the great challenges faced by international organisations and multinational corporations is to succeed in creating and maintaining an environment in which any person, regardless of gender, religion, race or nationality, can develop their full potential while respecting their various needs and expectations of its diverse stakeholders. One of the most important fields of activity of the global law enforcement community today is the apprehension of wanted persons.

Fugitives pose a serious threat to public safety worldwide. They are mobile and opportunistic; they frequently finance their continued flight from the law through further criminal activities, which may result in criminal charges in more than one country.

The goal of this lesson is to provide the KPS officers with the basic terms about European arrest warrant, European convention on extradition and european legislation concerning extradition and surrender.

At the conclusion of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of the European Warrant of Arrest.
  2. List the three (3) grounds for refusal to execute a warrant and refusal to surrender.