A Case for Universal Jurisdiction in the Face of Resistance from Africa: A Critical Overview of the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee Debate on Universal Jurisdiction Principle

Document Type : Original Article


University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


The aim of this paper is to critically review the debate on the universal jurisdiction principle and makes a case for the enhancement and continuous adoption of universal jurisdiction for international crimes with particular concern on the resistance from Africa. The researcher uses descriptive and prescriptive analysis while relying on library-based or desktop research methodology to achieve the aim of this paper. Importantly, this study contributes to knowledge as it recommends the need to continue the application of universal jurisdiction in the prosecution of international crimes irrespective of the elite’s sponsored resistance against the principle in Africa.


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