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Kiobel redux: Universal jurisdiction gets ever less universal

The Spanish legislature just passed a measure that would almost entirely eliminate universal jurisdiction (UJ) prosecutions in that country…The new move puts Spain in good and broad company. Last year, the Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum put an end to a practice…of allowing suits alleging violations of international law involving only foreigners with no connection to the United States…Still, Spanish judges and lawyers who want to enforce international justice can still keep themselves busy after the new reform. They might consider…pursuing Spanish violations of international law – even war crimes cases…The theory that doing business in occupied territory is a war crime…underlines the EU’s approach to financial involvement with Israel…Spanish companies are at the forefront of working alongside Morocco to exploit the natural resources of occupied Western Sahara…Can we soon expect to see war crimes prosecutions of Spanish fishing and mining companies?...

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