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Universal Jurisdiction Principle

Universal Jurisdiction Principle

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A principle in public international law where a State claims criminal jurisdiction over foreign nationals whose alleged crimes were committed outside the State’s borders and who have no connection to the State. Jurisdiction is based on the fact that the crime committed is seen as a “crime against all,” which any State is authorized to punish. This is because the crime is so significant as to warrant punishment without jurisdictional adjudication.

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