Unpublished Papers

The Shifting Interpretations of INTERPOL’s Article Three

Kyle Rene, Georgetown University Law Center


Article Three of INTERPOL’s Constitution prohibits INTERPOL from undertaking “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.” Notwithstanding this prohibition, INTERPOL itself has taken an active role in pursing the perpetrators of one of the most politically, religiously, and racially charged forms of crime, terrorism. The following Note discusses how INTERPOL has rationalized its pursuit of terrorists in light of Article Three’s mandate. The Note concludes by reassessing the value of Article Three, showing how, although Article Three has been interpreted to afford INTERPOL the latitude to pursue terrorists, it nonetheless represents an effective means of upholding INTERPOL’s neutrality in addressing international crime.

Suggested Citation

Kyle Rene. 2012. "The Shifting Interpretations of INTERPOL’s Article Three" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kyle_rene/1

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