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Conceptual Constructions: Responsibility For International Crimes And Universal Jurisdiction

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Recent international case-law in the domain of human rights protection has brought to the fore the recurrent theme of the complementarity between the international responsibility of the stat. and the international criminal responsibility of the individual. The process of criminalization of grave violations of human rights and of International Humanitarian Law has effectively accompanied pari passu the evolution of contemporary International Law itself. In the case of the physical person, one is before the concrete and living unit of each human being, while the juridical person, which is a creation or construction of Law, also constitutes a centre or unit of imputation for conducts attributed to individuals who act on their own behalf, and for the consequences for which the juridical person itself, as well as its agents, ought to be accountable. The study of responsibility for grave violations of international law necessarily encompasses the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Keywords: grave violations; International Criminal Responsibility; universal jurisdiction



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