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Universal JurisdictionInternational and Municipal Legal Perspectives$
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Luc Reydams

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274260.001.0001

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Universal Jurisdiction
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Luc Reydams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274260.003.0003

This chapter presents the principal scholarly views on universal jurisdiction, including drafts, reports, and resolutions of international learned bodies and conferences. The universality principle encompasses three different concepts: (1) the secondary or subsidiary jurisdiction of the custodial State over all serious offences if extradition of the suspect is impracticable; (2) the jurisdiction, whether primary or subsidiary, of the custodial State over international offences only; and (3) the primary right of any State to try international offences without regard to the offender’s whereabouts.

Keywords:   universal jurisdiction, universality principle, international offences, custodial State

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