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Universal jurisdiction (1999)

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Introduction

Universal jurisdictionThe universal jurisdiction rule allows the prosecution of those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity in the courts of any country, regardless of where or when the crimes were committed and the nationality of the victims or the accused. If applied effectively and fairly, the universal jurisdiction rule could be an extremely important tool for combating the most serious human rights abuses. This short publication explains the rule, sets out the arguments that support its use and examines some of the ethical, practical, and legal problems that arise in trying to apply it.

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