You're Not the Boss of Me: How INTERPOL Got to Keep Its Headquarters in France, Without Being Governed by French Law (and Why Red Notice Subjects Have Access to Their Files)


As INTERPOL has developed over time, it has experienced the growing pains that normally attend any large and relatively complex entity, and also some that are more specific to its own, unusual functions. In his book that I love, The Legal Foundations of INTERPOL, Rutsel Silvestre J. Martha touched on one of these developments: the creation of the Commisssion for the Control of INTERPOL's Files (CCI).

The CCI was created when France and INTERPOL were renegotiating INTERPOL's Headquarters Agreement. France was concerned about the rights of individuals to have access to the information that INTERPOL possessed about them, and argued that French law should govern the files that were in France. INTERPOL disagreed, based on the fact that French governance would result in INTERPOL losing its autonomy from any one country's authority, which is critical to its mission.

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