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Title: International Criminal Court
Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Source/publisher: International Criminal Court
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2009

Title: Universal Jurisdiction -- Wikipedia page
Description/subject: "Universal jurisdiction or universality principle is a principle in international law whereby states claim criminal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state, regardless of nationality, country of residence, or any other relation with the prosecuting country. The state backs its claim on the grounds that the crime committed is considered a crime against all, which any state is authorized to punish, as it is too serious to tolerate jurisdictional arbitrage . The concept of universal jurisdiction is therefore closely linked to the idea that certain international norms are erga omnes, or owed to the entire world community, as well as the concept of jus cogens - that certain international law obligations are binding on all states and cannot be modified by treaty..."
Language: English (others available)
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2009

Individual Documents

Title: Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Date of publication: 16 January 2002
Description/subject: Text of the Rome Statute circulated as document A/CONF.183/9 of 17 July 1998 and corrected by process-verbaux of 10 November 1998, 12 July 1999, 30 November 1999, 8 May 2000, 17 January 2001 and 16 January 2002. The Statute entered into force on 1 July 2002.
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Criminal Court
Format/size: pdf (218K)
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2009

Title: Hard cases: bringing human rights violators to justice abroad - A guide to universal jurisdiction
Date of publication: October 1999
Description/subject: "In late 1998 the Chilean Senator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London, following a request for extradition by a Spanish prosecutor. He was charged under Spanish law for grave human rights abuses, under a universal jurisdiction rule that had rarely been used. Anticipating that this case would trigger others, in early 1999 the Council convened a meeting of human rights experts to discuss the implications of using the universal jurisdiction rule more widely. Hard cases is based on the meeting. Written for use by NGOs and for individuals interested in the ethical and legal issues, it sets out the arguments that support its use and examines some of the ethical, practical and legal problems that arise when it is applied..."
Author/creator: Peggy Hicks and David Petrasek.
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Council for Human Rights Policy
Format/size: PDF (235K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003