John Bolton, The American Enterprise Institute | December 18, 2009
Universal jurisdiction, as a legal practice, is profoundly undemocratic and leads to a form of enforced political morality. ++ Last week London issued, and then retracted, a warrant for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on war crimes allegedly committed by Israeli security forces last year in the Gaza strip. ++ The political fallout for this failed attempt by human rights lawyers will have lasting consequences. ++ This is nothing less than targeting the idea of sovereign accountability, and at worst global authoritarianism.