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The Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction

The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights is a sponsoring organization of The Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction.

The Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction aimed to address a serious question of international law and justice: According to which legal principles should national courts exercise "universal jurisdiction" to try non-citizens accused of committing abroad certain grave crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes? The Project was a joint venture of Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the American Association for the ICJ, the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights.

The Project convened a two-stage colloquium of leading scholars, jurists, and legal experts from around the world and created a rigorous framework to analyze universal jurisdiction and related issues as problems of law and politics. The Princeton Project has formulated consensus Principles to guide the exercise of universal jurisdiction. These Principles are being disseminated widely in the hope that they will help give coherence to international law in this critical and increasingly important area.

You may obtain a copy of the the Princeton Principles.

If you have any questions or comments on the Principles or the Project, please contact Professor Stephen Macedo, Project Chair (609-258-4763;