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Part II Substantive Law, 5 Universal Jurisdiction and the Obligation to Extradite or Prosecute

From: The Obligation to Extradite or Prosecute

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 September 2021

Extradition and mutual assistance — Obligation to prosecute — Jurisdiction of states, universality principle

Universal jurisdiction exercised over the offenders where there is no connection between their crimes and the State wishing to extradite or prosecute them is a useful tool to prevent them from finding a safe haven anywhere. However, universal jurisdiction has been accused of being abused for political and other unjustifiable objectives. This chapter describes how the international community endeavours to solve this dilemma and charters the course of the future direction for universal jurisdiction in the context of the obligation to extradite or prosecute.

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