The purpose of this Article is to provide some clarification of universal jurisdiction in absentia. It begins with a brief overview of the state of international law on the issue, centering on the decision of the minority judges who treated it in the Arrest Warrant decision, and discuss the applicable principles of international law, international treaties, and custom. It then briefly examines whether allowing States to exercise universal jurisdiction in absentia is consistent with the historical and philosophical justifications for the existence of universal jurisdiction generally. The final section of the Article discusses the policy implications of such an exercise.
Universal Jurisdiction In Abstentia,
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