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  •  The Italian case wasn't premised on universal (0+ / 0-)

    jurisdiction.  Neither was the Spanish case before it.

    Mom, the mall is a way for the corporate fatcats to imprison you into a life of servitude. I've got some stuff you should read.

    by burrow owl on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 04:52:01 AM PST

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    •  Neither is this case. (0+ / 0-)

      The US has jurisdiction committed by foreign nationals on US soil, whether or not the the foreign national was actually on US soil when he did it (see all the internet casino cases, or drug cases for example).

      The claim here is that ICC judiciable crimes were committed on the territories of Rome treaty signatories; if the signatories don't prosecute, then the ICC has jurisdiction.

      No one would claim that any kind of "universal jurisdiction" was being claimed if a Spanish judge prosecuted Bush et. al., for ordering crimes in Spain against Spanish law -- it would be no different from the US prosecuting a Columbian drug trafficer for sending drugs into the US even if he never set a foot personally in the US.

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