Prosecution Beyond Borders: The Incorporation of Universal Jurisdiction into Primary International Law

By Alexandra Winter

Universal jurisdiction as it stands now is a poorly understood concept, owing partly to its modernity and the failure of states to distinguish it from prior jurisdictional methods such as extraterritorial jurisdiction. Universal jurisdiction allows any state to bring proceedings against a perpetrator of a certain heinous crime regardless of the […]

Guatemala’s Failure to Ensure Indigenous Women’s Right to be Free from Violence Under the International Covenant on Civil on Political Rights

By Eduardo Jiménez Mayo

The U.N.-brokered Guatemala Peace Accords of 1996, which ended the nation’s prolonged civil war (1960–96)—a period in which more than 100,000 people were killed and approximately 40,000 disappeared1—includes an Agreement on the Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Agreement).[2] Section II-B of the Agreement declares, “It is recognized that […]