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Note: this article is a "stub" and currently contains little more than a definition of this term. It should be expanded to include explication of the problematical nature of extraterritoriality in international relations, examples of situations wherein extraterritoriality has provoked extreme animosity on the part of native citizens of the host country, examples of situations wherein said status was regarded as essential to preserving the safety of visiting citizens of other countries from a corrupt legal system, etc.

Extraterritoriality is the state of being exempt from the jurisdiction of local law, usually as the result of diplomatic negotiations. For instance, a citizen of country A may enjoy extraterritoriality while visiting country B. In that case, this person cannot legally be tried by the courts of country B for some alleged crime.