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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Criminal Jurisdiction, Protective Principle

Iain Cameron

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 August 2021

Subject(s):
Terrorism — Hostage taking — Torture — Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial — Jurisdiction of states, protective principle

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The term ‘protective principle’ (Staatsschutzprinzip) is generally used to denote the principle of international criminal jurisdiction permitting a State to grant extraterritorial effect to legislation criminalizing conduct damaging to national security or other central State interests (Criminal Jurisdiction of States under International Law; Extraterritoriality). The raison d’être of the protective principle is the fact that State A cannot rely upon State B to protect A’s vital interests, or to protect them to the extent which A considers to be necessary or...
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