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International Crime and its Subsequent Development

Syed Raza Shah Gilani, Hidayat-Ur-Rehman & Arshad Iqbal

‘Does International Criminal Law exist?’ is the most debatable question in the modern day
legal literature. Some scholars are of the opinion that it exists arguing that it derives it source
from the International Law which is accepted and recognised by all civilized nations. Many
other scholars showed their reservations on the concept of universal jurisdiction of a crime.
They argue that the diversification of culture, norms and traditions are the biggest hurdle in
the way to declare any crime International, for example killing is not universally condemned,
and is acceptable in many countries if performed in self defence.

Key words: International Crime, Civil Liberty, International Criminal Court