Israel's Right to Try Eichmann

Parsons Jr., George R.
March 1961
New Republic;3/20/61, Vol. 144 Issue 12, p13
Focuses on applicability of municipal laws of a state as specified in international law. Criminal law pertaining to Israel's trail of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann; Statutes applicable to Nazis under Nazis Collaborators law of 1950; Fact that the law provides that a person who has committed an act constituting a crime against the Jewish people, a war crime, or a crime against humanity during the period of the Nazi regime is liable to the death penalty; Suggestion that Israel has jurisdiction to try Eichmann under the passive personality principle, which allows a state to assume criminal jurisdiction over a person, including an alien, if his victim is a citizen of that state; Discussion of the piracy principle that permits a state to capture and punish any alien whose crime constitutes piracy as defined by international law.


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