Tue 16 March 2010, Financial Times

Requirements for universal rights

By Geoffrey Bindman
Geoffrey Bindman: Universal jurisdiction is a big development in the world legal order. It seeks to give practical effect to the global commitment to human rights by facing those whose power protects them at home with the prospect of being tried for their crimes if ever they venture abroad. In common with other signatories of the international human rights conventions and treaties, the UK has given its courts power to try those suspected of war crimes, torture and other serious violations of international law wherever in the world the crime took place, and regardless of the nationality of the suspect.