Averting Abuse of Universal Jurisdiction
February 26, 2009 | Irit Kohn
NGOs that are supported financially by special interest groups or even states for the benefit of their own agendas have been instrumental in the implementation of universal jurisdiction against Israeli officials. Universal jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court are applied when a country does not or cannot act to prosecute. Yet Israel is a democracy with a well-developed judicial system and does not need external intervention to conduct any investigation.
October 22, 2008 | Abraham Bell
The doctrine of universal jurisdiction pushes aside state sovereignty in order to try people for what are allegedly the “most severe human rights crimes” in any court in the world. Thus, universal jurisdiction is hailed by proponents like Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth, as “the emerging system of international justice” that will “break [the] pattern of impunity” for atrocities committed by tyrants.