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Universal Jurisdiction: International and Municipal Legal Perspectives

Universal Jurisdiction: International and Municipal Legal Perspectives (Paperback, New edition)

By Reydams, Luc

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After centuries of near dormancy, the concept of 'universal jurisdiction' has suddenly become an important legal tool in the international campaign against impunity, most prominently in high-profile criminal trials. Among the legal questions raised by the exercise of universal ju...risdiction, this book considers two. Under what conditions is a country investigating or prosecuting a foreigner for an extraterritorial offence internationally competent? What is the basis in municipal law for the exercise of universal jurisdiction? Reydams first identifies the international legal issues that arise when a State exercises extraterritorial jurisdiction generally, discerns the different doctrinal concepts of universal jurisdiction, and traces universal jurisdiction in current international texts such as multilateral conventions, resolutions of intergovernmental bodies, and official drafts and studies. He then brings together, and makes accessible in English, detailed accounts of universal jurisdiction in fourteen countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Reydams' point of departure is the need for a context-sensitive analysis. The municipal laws are thus placed in the larger context of a country's views on criminal jurisdiction generally and the case discussions pay detailed attention to the factual and legal context of each case. This approach provides the reader with the reasons why the individual was brought to justice in a third country. The inclusion of (translated) texts of municipal statutes, of (translated) excerpts from judicial decisions, and of commentaries by legal scholars makes this volume an important resource for decision makers and legal practitioners, both national and international.
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ISBN 9780199274260
Released NZ 1 Oct 2004
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback, New edition
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Series Oxford Monographs in International Law
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ISBN-13 9780199274260
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Oct 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Reydams, Luc
Series Oxford Monographs in International Law
Category International Relations
Human Rights
Comparative Law
International Law Of Territories
International Human Rights Law
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 500
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 341.488
Weight 452g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jurisdiction (International law), Exterritoriality, Case studies, International and municipal law
NBS Text International Law: Professional
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly