Avenues To Accountability: Universal Jurisdiction and Asia

From 26-28 April 2022, the Asia Justice Coalition (AJC) secretariat held its third in a series of convenings on universal jurisdiction. This closed-door workshop brought together a diverse group of experts to focus on the barriers and opportunities for universal criminal jurisdiction (hereafter universal jurisdiction) in Asia.

The convening included context-specific case studies including practise in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Australia, and South Korea, as well as deliberations on cooperation within ASEAN, the on-going universal jurisdiction matter regarding crimes against the Rohingya in Argentina, and lessons learned from ASEAN norm diffusion regarding human trafficking.

‘Asia’ is used here inclusively to incorporate South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific. The focus on Asia relates to the secretariat’s consideration of the various avenues for justice and accountability for international crimes in our region.


This convening note is organized around the prominent themes that emerged during the discussions. The convening adhered to the Chatham House rule and the participants’ responses were non-attributable.


Read the full Convening Note