The jurisdictional competence of the authorities of a visiting force (the 'sending state') and of the state on whose territory the force is stationed (the 'receiving state') are regulated by what is known as the NATO Status of Forces Agreement1. The Visiting Forces Act 1952 was enacted in order that the United Kingdom could become a party to the Agreement2. In general the military authorities of the sending state may exercise criminal and disciplinary jurisdiction within the receiving state over all persons subject to the military law of the sending state and committing offences against that law3. This jurisdiction
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