The Evolution of Swedish Legislation on International Crimes
Scandinavian Studies in Law Vol. 66
13 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2020 Last revised: 13 Oct 2020
Date Written: October 5, 2020
The article describes how the Swedish legislation has evolved on international crimes starting with the Penal Law Reform of 1948 and the subsequent amendments following Swedish accession to the Geneva Conventions with an extended scope in 1954. It continues with mentioning the separate law on Genocide 1964 and the limitation to serious violations in 1986. Finally, it explains the transition from an open-ended penal regulation to an exhaustive list, and the introduction of a provision on crimes against humanity 2014.
This article is part of a volume on investigation and prosecution in Scandinavia of international crimes.
Keywords: Sweden, war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity
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