Questions of jurisdiction are becoming increasingly important to the investigation, prosecution and punishment of crime. The growth of technology and the internet means not only that crime is becoming increasingly transnational, but also that in some cases it is becoming increasingly hard to say where a crime has taken place. This also causes issues for enforcement agencies as they grapple with jurisdictional rules – say around search or seizure of assets – that were in many instances designed for a different era. The challenge, then, for criminal lawyers is whether it is possible to continue to adapt traditional rules governing territorial jurisdiction to these new circumstances – through the development of parallel concepts such as extraterritorial or universal jurisdiction – or whether the situation requires completely new kinds of approaches to criminal jurisdiction.
These are the kind of questions that will be addressed at the 2021 WG Hart Legal Workshop (postponed from 2020) on ‘New Perspectives on Criminal Jurisdiction’ to be held by Zoom on 26th-28th April 2021. This is the first major conference dedicated to the theme of criminal jurisdiction for a number of years. The contributors come from across the globe and comprise a number of the leading global figures working in the area of jurisdiction as well as leading practitioners and academics specialising in the areas of criminal law and internet law. All are welcome to attend – registration is free at https://www.ials.sas.ac.uk/events/event/23782