February 6, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the ...[read more]
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]
September 18, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders—as well as those who may eventually come within them—for major international crimes by enacting universal ...[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 28, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, argues that the ongoing pursuit of justice 19 years after the Rwandan genocide is a positive step for international criminal justice that should be praised, not dismissed...Around this ...[read more]
July 10, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 10, 2011, Senegal reversed its decision to deport former Chad dictator Hissene Habre back to Chad after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned of possible torture. Pillay issued the plea to stay Habre's deportation to Chad after the nation's courts sentenced him to death ...[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]
March 2, 2012
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that while deciding Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, the Supreme Court should be mindful of precedent that supports universal jurisdiction and corporate liability when it comes to human rights violations... ...[read more]
September 16, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The UK Parliament on Thursday approved the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, making it more difficult for ordinary citizens to obtain arrest warrants for suspected war criminals present in the UK. The controversial act removes the exclusive power of granting arrest warrants from local ...[read more]

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