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The Rise of ‘Universal jurisdiction’ Cases in the Aftermath of Recent Human Rights Crises

‘Universal jurisdiction’ is a principle of international law based on the recognition that certain crimes are so horrific that they affect the international community as a whole. Universal jurisdiction is therefore a key component in the fight against impunity. This thesis will analyze specific recent cases (for example, concerning Syria) where the principle of universal jurisdiction has been and is being applied in practice by domestic courts and see what the future will bring. Is universal jurisdiction the ‘silver bullet’ in view of the International Criminal Court’s restricted capacity?


This is Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera her Thesis Selection Process:

Step 1: the candidate submits a proposal via email to the supervisor Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (, stating a tentative title. The text meets the following requirements:
(1) Text length: exactly 2 pages;
(2) Font: Calibri;
(3) Font size: 11;
(4) Paragraph spacing: before 0 pt; after: 0 pt;
(5) Text spacing: single.

Step 2: the promoter or commissioner will contact the student for possible assignment of the theme and in that case will make an appointment for an intake interview. When selecting a student, the motivation of the student is taken into account.

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