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    main theme of the play is an extremely personal one for both playwright (and scriptwriter) and director. Both Dorfman and Polanski have had to face and flee the horrors of dictatorship and human rights violations: Dorfman in Chile, under General Augusto Pinochet, and Polanski in Poland under the Nazis. But despite this similarity in past experience, significant differences exist between the original play and the film. Apart from the specific techniques of lighting and composition, whose possibilities

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    this day, Augusto Pinochet and The United States lead a coup that overthrew the president Salvador Allende, of the Chilean government. The United States government “supported, trained, funded, and armed military tin-pot dictatorships in order to defend democracy and the free market from progressive movements made up of the workers in colonized countries” (“Cold War Killer” 1). This day went down in history as the beginning of the darkest days in Chile’s history. It is said that “Augusto Pinochet’s

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    General Augusto Pinochet's extradition is that he killed and tortured thousand of people during his rule in Chile. Pinochet was the military leader of Chile. He ruled the country ruthlessly, crushing all his oppositions. In 1998 Pinochet came to Britain to have a back operation in Harley Street. Many people were outraged by his visit, including many Chileans who lost their families during his tyrannous rule. On December 1998, Jack Straw, the home secretary announced that Pinochet's extradition

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    concept of jus cogens which argues that certain obligations under international law are binding on all states and therefore they cannot be altered by a treaty. The Eichmann Trial and the Pinochet Case both have been very significant points in international legal history emphasizing the universality principle. In the Eichmann trial, the judiciary in Israel set a substantial and contemporary precedent towards the advancement of universal jurisdiction. The court in a detailed verdict appealed to the idea

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    Jurisdiction has always been ubiquitous in the international legal system. Lassa Oppenheim describes jurisdiction essentially “as the state’s right to regulate conduct or the consequences of events.” Jurisdiction is multi-faceted, one area that has been the cause of controversy amongst many academics is universal jurisdiction. Defining universal jurisdiction has been problematic to say the least. Roger O’Keefe in his article alluded to universal jurisdiction as “the assertion of criminal jurisdiction

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