Universal jurisdiction: a preliminary survey of legislation around the world

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Index Number: IOR 53/004/2011
Date Published: 5 October 2011

Universal jurisdiction, an essential tool of international justice, is the ability of the court of any state to try persons for crimes committed outside its territory that are not linked to the state by the nationality of the suspect or the victims or by harm to the state’s own national interests. This preliminary survey by Amnesty International of legislation around the world is designed to assist the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly in its discussions of universal jurisdiction