ÔÇśResponsibility to ProsecuteÔÇÖ? The Case of German Universal Jurisdiction, CIJA and the Arrest of Syrian Perpetrators

Arguably, more than any other global actor, Germany is at the forefront of issuing arrest warrants for atrocity crimes committed by the Syrian government in the wake of the Arab Spring. Three important observations can be made from GermanyÔÇÖs experience. First, it highlights the uniqueness of GermanyÔÇÖs universal jurisdiction as one based on a legal ÔÇśresponsibility to prosecuteÔÇÖ. Second, it challenges prevailing preconceptions that accountability for core international crimes rests with one or two inter-state actors, such as the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court. Continue reading