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Spain to re-establish universal jurisdiction for gross crimes

The recently appointed Spanish Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, announced this week her government's intention to re-establish legislation in force between 1985 and 2009 which provided for universal jurisdiction for certain international crimes. Since then, this legislation has been restricted during successive governments meaning that today Spanish courts only have jurisdiction for cases of crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide if these are directed against a Spanish citizen or resident. 

The current Minister of Justice has the intention of extending universal jurisdiction to economic, financial and environmental crimes. Such legislation would enable Spain to recover its forefront position in the international stage as a defender of human rights and victims, she added. A group of experts will explore this and present its results in three months. 

Please see the Minister's statement here