Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who took the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to justice, is leading a movement of legal warriors from all over the world to guarantee the international punishment of major economic, financial and environmental crimes. The tool to achieve their goal can be summed up in two words: Universal Jurisdiction.
The movement composed of judges, prosecutors and lawyers tries to promote the international denouncement of actions such as food speculation, issuing junk bonds, squandering public funds and large-scale contamination. These crimes should, as genocides and war crimes, be designated as Crimes against Humanity and prosecuted internationally.
The aim of the group is to foster a new Universal Jurisdiction code of principles and fight alongside the civil society to ensure its application.
History is filled with visionaries who understood before others that practices such as slavery, colonialism and apartheid were not part of the natural order of things: they were immoral actions carried out by a minority and should be considered as crimes. Today, this international movement led by Baltasar Garzón tries to expose that financial fraud is not a systemic problem but a premeditated act, and should be considered as criminal behaviour.
Five working groups spread across the world, more than 100 prestigious legal experts of all nationalities, are working together to draft a new Universal Jurisdiction code of principles to fight the “dark side of globalisation”. They are overcoming everything that separates them – language, culture, background, justice, and law.
The movement started in Spain after the first Universal Jurisdiction Congress, which took place in Madrid in May 2013. An initial draft emerged from the meeting and was then approved during a second Congress in Buenos Aires in September 2015, giving birth to the Madrid-Buenos Aires Principles for Universal Jurisdiction. From there, the Principles started spreading around universities and institutions with the hope that, someday, they’ll be included in national jurisdictions.
Fighting together for the common good and a fairer future, where legislations and politics take humanity into account and stop letting crimes to go unpunished anymore.
On a planet with almost 7 billion people, irresponsible economic decisions can be disastrous. With all their effort, the legal warriors want to fight the current impunity to these crimes.
“We live in a world where people expect tyrants and those who commit mass crimes to be punished. And that today is a normal expectation. It did not exist 80 years ago. That’s the story to tell “.
LUIS MORENO OCAMPO
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A documentary by Carles Caparrós.
Produced by GRUPO MASTER PRODUCCIONES with the support of FIBGAR.
Associated production: CERTAINRISK, ILOCAD, MALIC PRODUCCIONES.
With the support of 373 patrons.
With the participation of:
AITOR MARTÍNEZ · ALAIN WERNER · ANGELA MUDUKUTI · BALTASAR GARZÓN · DOLORES DELGADO · FRANK LA RUE · GEORGE KEGORO · HÉCTOR SEJENOVICH · HERVÉ FALCIANI · HUGO OMAR CAÑÓN · JACQUELINE MOUDEÏNA · KIM THUY SEELINGER · LUIS MORENO OCAMPO · MANUEL OLLÉ · MANUEL VERGARA · NAOMI ROHT-ARRIAZA · PHILIPPE SANDS · POLLY HIGGINS · RAJI SOURANI · REED BRODY · SASKIA DITISHEIM · TASHI TSERING · WILLIAM BOURDON
Address: CARLES CAPARRÓS. Direction of Photography: RAFAEL DE SANTIAGO. Sound: FERNANDO POCOSTALES. Edition: LAILA TORRENT Color: ZOLTAN FARKAS. Mixtures: RUBÉN CARREGAL Graphic Design: PILAR FIGUEROA Music: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY # 9 IN RE MENOR, OP. 125 Executive Production: MARÍA G. MOLINA and ALBERTO PASCUAL RODRÍGUEZ.
Duration: 86 min
Language: Spanish, English, French
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