The Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

Some crimes are far too egregious to go unpunished – regardless of where, when or by whom they were committed and our lawyers can request any national court to prosecute individuals accused of having committed international crimes including crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, and genocide.

Neither the alleged perpetrators nor the victims making a claim need to be nationals or residents of the country where a trial under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction will take place.

In spirit, the Universal Jurisdiction means crimes can be committed anywhere and tried anywhere. Stoke White have a strong track-record of submitting Universal Jurisdiction applications with world-class legal counsel in the United Kingdom and United States.

Stoke White’s Work on Universal Jurisdiction

Active cases

2020 – Government of UAE for War Crimes (use of mercenaries) in Yemen

Stoke White is representing the victims of war crimes – extrajudicial killings and torture – that we allege were conducted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen.

We submitted our investigation and complaint to the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police unit that is designated to investigate war crimes. Stoke White simultaneous requested the UK, US and Turkey to arrest senior Emirati officials for carrying out war crimes in Yemen.

2019 – Government of Saudi Arabia for War Crimes (funeral attack) in Yemen

Stoke White is representing the families of the 137 civilians who were killed in airstrikes conducted by Saudi Arabia’s Air Force on a funeral.

We submitted our investigation and complaint to the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police unit that is designated to investigate war crimes. These documents accusing senior Saudi and Yemeni officials of war crimes were simultaneously filed under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction in the United States.