November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Addison Morris
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two judicial investigations into allegations of Chinese genocide and human rights violations, due to a new law limiting Spanish judges' involvement in international cases. Earlier this year, Spain put an end to its use of universal jurisdiction. Under the ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Spain's Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that will diminish the powers of Spanish courts to pursue cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed abroad. The bill includes a clause to halt current investigations, including the arrest warrants issued on Monday for several former ...[read more]
March 4, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On March 4, 2010, United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed tighter restrictions on the use of politically motivated arrest warrants for foreign leaders accused of war crimes. Brown said that he would seek to limit "the evidential basis on which arrest warrants can be allowed" and ...[read more]
August 25, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Supreme Court of El Salvador on Wednesday blocked the arrests and extradition of nine former soldiers accused of committing the 1989 "Jesuit Massacre," defying Interpol red notices for the suspects. The court said that Spain had not presented a formal extradition request in its attempts to ...[read more]
October 15, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 15, 2009, the Spanish Congress of Deputies voted 319-5 to give final approval to a law limiting use of the country's universal jurisdiction statute to those offenses committed by or against Spaniards, or where the perpetrators are in Spain. The legislation was approved by the lower ...[read more]
September 5, 2010
by Erin Bock
An appeals court in Argentina Friday reopened an investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Spain during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the subsequent regime of General Francisco Franco. The Spanish government adopted an amnesty law in 1977 after Franco's death barring ...[read more]
June 18, 2010
by Joseph Schaeffer
JURIST Guest Columnists Olga Martin-Ortega of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London and Rosa Ana Alija Fernandez of the University of Barcelona argue that Argentina should exercise universal jurisdiction over claims brought by victims of the Franco regime in ...[read more]
May 2, 2010
by David Manes
An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against ...[read more]
October 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Spanish Congress of Deputies on Thursday gave final approval to a law limiting use of the country's universal jurisdiction statute to those offenses committed by or against Spaniards, or where the perpetrators are in Spain. The measure, which was approved by a vote of 319-5 with three absten... ...[read more]

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