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Extraterritorial Justice: Can Swedish Trials Provide Remedies to Victims of Atrocity Crimes?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
2021 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Human Rights, ISSN 1891-8131, E-ISSN 1891-814X, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 300-319Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Accountability for serious human rights violations and atrocity crimes has established itself at the top of the international community’s legal agenda, not least to serve justice to the victims of the crimes. Efforts to refer the atrocities in Syria to the permanent International Criminal Court have been in vain, highlighting the need for third states exercising extra-territorial jurisdiction. Sweden has answered the call to investigate the crimes, and the strong position afforded to victims of crime in the Swedish criminal justice system suggests that it is well-suited to provide them the justice they are entitled to. This article draws on the experiences gained in the seven trials to date in which victims have participated, to assess the extent to which international legal obligations towards the victims are implemented and were accessible to the victims. Through analysis of legal documents and interviews, the author demonstrates that, while the Swedish system has been fulfilling a wide range of international legal obligations towards victims of crime, the remoteness in time and place, the large number of victims involved and other specifics of the investigations and trials, challenge several central aspects of the Swedish system, such as the right to information, support and reparation.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2021. Vol. 39, no 3, p. 300-319
Keywords [en]
International crimes; atrocity crimes; extraterritorial justice; victims; Sweden
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Law and Society
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Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-191800DOI: 10.1080/18918131.2021.2009650ISI: 000746210700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85123600634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-191800DiVA, id: diva2:1631729
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The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, 3140/2018Available from: 2022-01-25 Created: 2022-01-25 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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