Jan. 12, 2016 – The United States is seeking extradition of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo who was captured by Mexican marines Jan. 8 months after his escape from a maximum security prison. Several federal court jurisdictions in the U.S. will be vying to prosecute him, but the extradition process is governed by international treaty with Mexico and it could take a year or longer before he is turned over to U.S. authorities. The U.S. had sought unsuccessfully to extradite him after his first arrest in 2014. Jordan Paust, the Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the University of Houston Law Center, is a recognized authority on international treaties. He outlined several key elements of the extradition treaty:
The president of Mexico should have the authority to make any such decision for Mexico, although it may be that under Mexican law the president has or can delegate such authority to another person.
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