German Extradition Lawyers & Interpol Notice Defence

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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG is a German law firm active worldwide in the service of our global clients. Our team of German extradition lawyers are here to support you in all matters of extradition law and Interpol notice removal. As a full-service firm, we offer comprehensive legal advice from one source.


Extradition & Interpol Proceedings: Legal Expertise and Success by Schlun & Elseven

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte has extensive experience in international extradition negotiation and litigation, especially in cases related to Interpol Notices. Through our knowledge of the complexities of extradition law, our close contacts with local extradition counsel worldwide and our global mobility, we have succeeded in challenging our clients’ extradition orders. Our clients in the field of extradition law are in exceptional situations that often affect their freedom, life and physical integrity, and this means they require exceptional legal support.

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Full-Service Law Firm: Expertise Across Legal Fields

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte is a full-service law firm with offices in Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf along with conference rooms around Germany and this allows our team to use their expertise in other legal fields alongside their knowledge of extradition law. Our experience in the field of criminal law ensures that our lawyers possess excellent cross-examination skill whereas our background in corporate law affairs means that you can be assured of our negotiation abilities. Furthermore, often legal fields such as immigration law and family law may also grant additional rights which need to be at the forefront in extradition cases. Contact us today to start working with our extradition law team.

The Extradition Process in Germany

The extradition process begins with the receipt of a foreign request for legal assistance in Germany. An international search for persons can be arranged through the Schengen Information System (SIS), through Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organisation) and targeted requests to participate in a search to other countries. In the European Union, it is further possible to issue a European arrest warrant. While this does not automatically assist in the extradition of the person searched for, it is helpful for a search within Europe.

After receipt of the request for legal assistance, the relevant authority (in Germany the Federal Office of Justice in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office and other federal offices whose areas of expertise are affected) decides, per § 74(1) IRG (Gesetz über die internationale Rechtshilfe in Strafsachen), whether there are any legal or political reasons not to grant the request. If there are no such reasons, the request is usually forwarded to the relevant General Prosecutor’s Office. The latter then commences a search per § 18 IRG, while the relevant Higher Regional Court issues the extradition warrant, § 17(1) IRG.

Decision on the Legitimacy of Extradition

If there is a foreign arrest warrant and the person sought has been detained, the latter can declare their consent to simplified extradition under