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The I “Universal Jurisdiction on the XXI Century” Congress ended with the drafting of a proposal about the discussion of the new Universal Jurisdiction’s principles. This Madrid’s proposal will be now forwarded to institutions, universities and forums of Jurists from around the world, initiating a discussion period that will last from 6 to 8 months approximately.

13 years ago, in 2001, the Princeton Principles were presented in order to give shape to International Criminal Law regarding the possibility of domestic courts to hear cases of serious international crimes in accordance with the Universal Jurisdiction. Since then, the reality of Universal Jurisdiction has changed, and it has been restricted in many occasions. Even crimes have changed themselves.

The proposal of the principles adopted in Madrid aims “to serve as a mechanism to raise debate, accessions and acceptations by the various countries, with the possibility for adoption and consolidation in the future, for the benefit of all citizens against the barbarity”.

The rapporteur