Core Issue(s): Whether the Netherlands had jurisdiction over a person allegedly responsible for acts of torture in Israel, who had been present for a short stay in the Netherlands, when the Public Prosecutor had carried out no investigation into the person’s alleged role in the acts of torture and he was no longer in the Netherlands

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Keywords International crimes, International criminal law, Jurisdiction of states, universality principle, Jurisdiction of states,territoriality principle, Statehood, jurisdiction of states, organs of states, Torture
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Series ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development
Note Date of Decision: 26 October 2009
Handmaker, J.D. (2009). Al Shami v Ayalon, Appeal judgment, No K08/0386 BK7374 (translation of BK1478), ILDC 673 (NL 2009), 26th October 2009, CA (The Hague). ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development. Retrieved from