The Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

  • Harry D. Gould


In Chapter 2 we identified the component practices constituting international punishment: a set of nonvoluntary categorical obligations of universal scope and reach, universal interest in compliance with them, and universal standing to enforce compliance or sanction noncompliance. In Chapter 3 we traced the development of a new conceptualization of categorical obligation befitting the modern Positivist-Voluntarist understanding of obligation. In Chapter 4 we analyzed a sort of obligation that while not in se peremptory is still universally binding and ex hypothesi universally enforceable. Unlike classical punishment, however, these forms of obligation grant at most standing to take legal action and pursue legal vindication of the obligations; they do not entail grounds for the use of force.


International Crime Slave Trade Arrest Warrant Universal Jurisdiction Criminal Jurisdiction 
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