n South African Law Journal - Universal jurisdiction and South Africa's perspective on the investigation of international crimes : notes

Volume 131, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



Universal jurisdiction is an important yet contentious jurisdictional principle in international law, despite more than 100 states worldwide having universal jurisdiction legislation (Amnesty International (2012) 1-2). The principle has dominated discussions at both the international and African regional levels, with many voicing practical, political and policy concerns with regard to its application.

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