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Part III Civil and Political Rights, 15 Prohibition of Retroactive Criminal Laws—Article 15

From: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (3rd Edition)

Sarah Joseph, Melissa Castan

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 October 2020

Subject(s):
Guilty plea — Nullum crimen sine lege — Detention — Drug trafficking — Imprisonment — Crimes against humanity
1. No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time when the criminal offence was committed. If, subsequent to the commission of the offence, provision is made by law for the imposition of the lighter penalty, the offender shall benefit thereby. 2. Nothing in this article shall prejudice the trial and punishment of any person for...
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