Universal Civil Jurisdiction

Which Way Forward?

Enabling the victims of international crimes to obtain reparation is crucial to fighting impunity. In Universal Civil Jurisdiction – Which Way Forward? experts of public and private international law discuss one of the key challenges that victims face, namely access to justice. Civil courts in the country where the crime was committed may be biased, or otherwise unwilling or unable to hear the case. Are the courts of other countries permitted, or required, to rule on the victim’s claim? Trends at the international and the domestic level after the Naït-Liman judgment of the European Court of Human Rights offer a nuanced answer, suggesting that civil jurisdiction is not only concerned with sovereignty, but is also a tool for the governance of global problems.

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Serena Forlati, LL.M. (Bruges), Ph.D. (Rome-La Sapienza), is Professor of International Law at the University of Ferrara. Her research interests focus on international courts and tribunals, international human rights law and its relationship with the fight against crime.

Pietro Franzina, Ph.D. (Padova), is Professor of International Law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. His main research interests are in the field of private international law and international human rights law.
All interested in access to justice as a fundamental human right, in international law and politics concerning the fight to impunity and in the interaction of public and private international law.