Universal jurisdiction

Trying people wherever they are, whatever their nationality

More and more countries are implementing so-called “universal jurisdiction” laws, which allow national justice systems to try individuals regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the crimes were committed. This is particularly useful for international crimes that were committed a long time ago (such as during the civil wars in Liberia) or for those that no other jurisdiction, international or in the country where the crimes were committed, is able or willing to try (as in the case of Syria).