- Title Pages
- General Editors’ Preface
- Table of Official International Documents
- Table of Municipal Legislation
- Table of Cases
16The United Kingdom
17The United States of America
- (p.28) 2 Doctrine
- Universal Jurisdiction
- 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.
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