[PW] "The king's jurisdiction is as long as the king's arm"

S M Colowick colowick at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 19:38:11 PST 2017

On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Thomas Fuller <tdruryfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> A friend is authoring an article on a legal subject and has a dim
> recollection of the proverb or quotation in the subject line -- or some
> variation of it. He'd like to use it in the article. Can any of the
> experts on the list provide an authoritative text and a citation?

One variation is "the reach of the police officer is only as long as
his arm..." It's attributed to Claude Lombois, via this 1998 paper in
the journal The International Lawyer:

Jurisdiction Over the Internet: A Canadian Perspective -

The citation in the footnote reads: "Claude Lombois, Droit pénal
international 536 (2nd ed. 1979) (author's translation)."

The original French is apparently "Le gendarme, lui, ne peut saisir
plus loin que son bras..."

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