Law Council of Australia


Treaties on Extradition and Mutual Assistance between Australia and Jordan

The Law Council is grateful for the opportunity to provide this submission in response to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties’ inquiry into:

It is vital that Australia has an effective extradition regime to ensure criminals are not able to evade justice simply by crossing borders. In cooperating with foreign countries, however, Australia must adhere to fundamental rule of law principles and its international obligations.

Therefore, the terms of the proposed treaties must be examined against the current social, political and legal climate in Jordan to ensure that Australia does not facilitate the conviction or treatment of a person in a manner inconsistent with its own democratic values and international obligations. Noting that a central motivation of the proposed Treaties is to increase international cooperation in the fight against terrorism,1 the Law Council is particularly concerned by the:

You can read the full submission below.

1 See Agreement Between the Government of Australia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Extradition, signed 24 April 2017 [2017] ATNIA 24 (not yet in force), preamble; see also Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, ‘Australia considers extradition Treaty with Jordan’ (Media Release, 16 October 2017).

2 Anti-Terrorism Law (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Law No 55 (2006) (UNODC translation).


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