Success in 14-year Extradition battle

10 July 2017

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights today ruled a Scottish man should be tried for murder in the United States following a 14 year legal battle, the longest extradition case recorded. Philip Harkins, who has been incarcerated in the UK since 2003, shall now be tried in the United States for the alleged murder which dates back to 1999.

This case is unprecedented in extradition law having gone to the European Court twice (on the issue of Life Without Parole (“LWOP”) in the United States).

Clair Dobbin was junior counsel for the United Kingdom before the European Court in both sets of proceedings.

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