Universal Jurisdiction: National Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law

Universal Jurisdiction: National Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law

by Stephen Macedo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812219503

ISBN-13: 9780812219500

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

When former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London at the request of a Spanish judge, the world's attention was focused for the first time on the idea of universal jurisdiction. Universal jurisdiction stands for the principle that atrocities such as genocide, torture, and war crimes are so heinous and so universally abhorred that any state is

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When former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London at the request of a Spanish judge, the world's attention was focused for the first time on the idea of universal jurisdiction. Universal jurisdiction stands for the principle that atrocities such as genocide, torture, and war crimes are so heinous and so universally abhorred that any state is entitled to prosecute these crimes in its national courts regardless of where they were committed or the nationality of the perpetrators or the victims. In 2001, two Rwandan nuns were convicted in a Belgian court for atrocities committed in Rwanda against Rwandans. Serbs have been prosecuted in German courts, and a court in Senegal asserted universal jurisdiction over the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré. Universal jurisdiction is becoming a potent instrument of international law, but it is poorly understood by legal experts and remains a mystery to most public officials and citizens.

Universal Jurisdiction brings together leading scholars to discuss the origins, evolution, and implications of this legal weapon against impunity. They examine the questions that cloud its future, and its role in specific cases involving Adolf Eichmann, Pinochet, Habré, and former Rwandan government officials, among others, in order to determine the proper place of universal jurisdiction in the emerging regime of international legal accountability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812219500
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
—Stephen Macedo

PART I. THE PRINCETON PRINCIPLES
Preface to the Princeton Principles
—Mary Robinson
The Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction
Commentary on the Principles
—Steven W. Becker

PART II. ESSAYS AND COMMENT
1. The History of Universal Jurisdiction and Its Place in International Law
—M. Cherif Bassiouni
2. Comment: The Quest for Clarity
—Stephen A. Oxman
3. The Growing Support for Universal Jurisdiction in National Legislation
—A. Hays Butler
4. The Adolf Eichmann Case: Universal and National Jurisdictions
—Gary J. Bass
5. Comment: Connecting the Threads in the Fabric of International Law
—Lori F. Damrosch
6. Assessing the Pinochet Litigation: Whither Universal Jurisdiction?
—Richard A. Falk
7. Comment: Universal Jurisdiction and Transitions to Democracy
—Pablo De Greiff
8. The Hissène Habré Case: The Law and Politics of Universal Jurisdiction
—Stephen P. Marks
9. Defining the Limits: Universal Jurisdiction and National Courts
—Anne-Marie Slaughter
10. Universal Jurisdiction, National Amnesties, and Truth Commissions: Reconciling the Irreconcilable
—Leila Nadya Sadat
11. The Future of Universal Jurisdiction in the New Architecture of Transnational Justice
—Diane F. Orentlicher
12. Universal Jurisdiction and Judicial Reluctance: A New "Fourteen Points"
—Michael Kirby
13. Afterword: The Politics of Advancing International Criminal Justice
—Lloyd Axworthy

List of Contributors
List of Project Participants
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

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