<i>The Ideal of the Rule of Law</i>: Regina <i>v</i>. Keyn (<i>1876</i>)

A. W. Brian Simpson

in Leading Cases in the Common Law

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262992
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682438 | DOI:
The Ideal of the Rule of Law: Regina v. Keyn (1876)

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This chapter discusses the case of: Regina v. Keyn, also known as the case of the Franconia. At a technical level the case involved a question of criminal jurisdiction, the right of an English court to try a foreigner for an offence committed on the high seas, but within British territorial waters, which, at this time, were taken to extend three miles out to sea. This issue arose out of a collision which took place on 17 February 1876 between the British steamship Strathclyde of Glasgow (Captain John Dodd Eaton), and the German steamship Franconia of Hamburg (Captain Ferdinand Keyn).

Keywords: common law; rule of law; Franconia; collision; criminal jurisdiction; territorial waters; British steamship; German steamship

Chapter.  16975 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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