February 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Spain's Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that will diminish the powers of Spanish courts to pursue cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed abroad. The bill includes a clause to halt current investigations, including the arrest warrants issued on Monday for several former ...[read more]
March 4, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On March 4, 2010, United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed tighter restrictions on the use of politically motivated arrest warrants for foreign leaders accused of war crimes. Brown said that he would seek to limit "the evidential basis on which arrest warrants can be allowed" and ...[read more]
August 25, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Supreme Court of El Salvador on Wednesday blocked the arrests and extradition of nine former soldiers accused of committing the 1989 "Jesuit Massacre," defying Interpol red notices for the suspects. The court said that Spain had not presented a formal extradition request in its attempts to ...[read more]
October 15, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 15, 2009, the Spanish Congress of Deputies voted 319-5 to give final approval to a law limiting use of the country's universal jurisdiction statute to those offenses committed by or against Spaniards, or where the perpetrators are in Spain. The legislation was approved by the lower ...[read more]
September 5, 2010
by Erin Bock
An appeals court in Argentina Friday reopened an investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Spain during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the subsequent regime of General Francisco Franco. The Spanish government adopted an amnesty law in 1977 after Franco's death barring ...[read more]
June 18, 2010
by Joseph Schaeffer
JURIST Guest Columnists Olga Martin-Ortega of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London and Rosa Ana Alija Fernandez of the University of Barcelona argue that Argentina should exercise universal jurisdiction over claims brought by victims of the Franco regime in ...[read more]
May 2, 2010
by David Manes
An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against ...[read more]
October 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Spanish Congress of Deputies on Thursday gave final approval to a law limiting use of the country's universal jurisdiction statute to those offenses committed by or against Spaniards, or where the perpetrators are in Spain. The measure, which was approved by a vote of 319-5 with three absten... ...[read more]
September 18, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Spanish judge on Thursday indicted three alleged former Nazi guards for crimes against humanity and genocide. Judge Ismael Moreno issued arrest warrants for US residents Johann Leprich and Anton Tittjung and Austrian resident Josias Kumpf. The three allegedly participated in the torture and ...[read more]
June 26, 2009
by JURIST Staff
JURIST Guest Columnists Olga Martin-Ortega of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London (UK), and Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a lawyer who has represented Rwandan, Congolese and Spanish victims of crimes against humanity before the Spanish courts, say that preserving Spain's br... ...[read more]

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