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Extraterritoriality describes a state of being recognized as exempt from the jurisdiction of local law. This state is most often \\ applied to heads of states, ambassadors and diplomats as a result of diplomatic negotiations, but can also be applied to physical places such as embassies, military bases, UN offices and ships in foreign waters. While an authority can theoretically claim extraterritorial jurisdiction over any area they wish, this must be agreed with the legal authority in the extraterritorial area or by a legal authority which covers both areas in order for the extraterritorial jurisdiction to be effective, with the exception of the use of force.

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