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Universal JurisdictionInternational and Municipal Legal Perspectives$
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Luc Reydams

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274260.001.0001

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Universal Jurisdiction

Luc Reydams

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the principal scholarly views on universal jurisdiction, including drafts, reports, and resolutions of international learned bodies and conferences. The universality principle encompasses three different concepts: (1) the secondary or subsidiary jurisdiction of the custodial State over all serious offences if extradition of the suspect is impracticable; (2) the jurisdiction, whether primary or subsidiary, of the custodial State over international offences only; and (3) the primary right of any State to try international offences without regard to the offender’s whereabouts.

Keywords:   universal jurisdiction, universality principle, international offences, custodial State

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