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Universal Jurisdiction: International and Municipal Legal Perspectives

Luc Reydams

Abstract

After centuries of near dormancy, the concept of ‘universal jurisdiction’ has suddenly become an important legal tool in the international campaign against impunity, most prominently in high-profile criminal trials. Among the legal questions raised by the exercise of universal jurisdiction, this book considers two. Under what conditions is a country investigating or prosecuting a foreigner for an extraterritorial offence internationally competent? What is the basis in municipal law for the exercise of universal jurisdiction? The book first identifies the international legal issues that arise w ... More

Keywords: impunity, criminal trials, extraterritorial offence, municipal law, extraterritorial jurisdiction, multilateral conventions, resolutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274260.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luc Reydams, author
Adjunct Assistant Professor, at the University of Notre Dame.