Foreign courts and government officials
Yesterday I discussed in depth whether American officials should fight the murder conviction by an Italian court of Amanda Knox. The NYT’s The Lede wrote last week on a British Court, which issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, alleging she committed war crimes during the 2009 war in Gaza. The case of Livni adds two new dimensions to this complex issue. First, does it matter if the alleged crime was committed by someone acting in their capacity as a government official? Second, does it matter if the crime they are convicted of occurred outside of the territory in which they are being prosecuted?