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Title: Hard cases: bringing human rights violators to justice abroad - A guide to universal jurisdiction
Date of publication: October 1999
Description/subject: "In late 1998 the Chilean Senator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London, following a request for extradition by a Spanish prosecutor. He was charged under Spanish law for grave human rights abuses, under a universal jurisdiction rule that had rarely been used. Anticipating that this case would trigger others, in early 1999 the Council convened a meeting of human rights experts to discuss the implications of using the universal jurisdiction rule more widely. Hard cases is based on the meeting. Written for use by NGOs and for individuals interested in the ethical and legal issues, it sets out the arguments that support its use and examines some of the ethical, practical and legal problems that arise when it is applied..."
Author/creator: Peggy Hicks and David Petrasek.
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Council for Human Rights Policy
Format/size: PDF (235K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003