Amal Clooney demands law be changed to prosecute war criminals

British politicians and leading lights of civil society have vociferously called for accountability over alleged war crimes resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “But, if a Russian general suspected of crimes against humanity in Ukraine were to show up at Heathrow, he would be free to walk the streets of London, go shopping at Harrods or see a doctor in Harley Street and we wouldn’t be able to arrest him,” says Amal Clooney, a prominent human rights barrister.

At a meeting in parliament last week Clooney unveiled a report calling for reform of the law of universal jurisdiction so that more people accused of serious international offences — including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide — can be prosecuted in the UK.

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