As the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda enter the final phase of their work, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the significant contribution that these unique institutions have made to the development of international criminal law. Judgments issued by the ad hoc Tribunals have served to clarify and elucidate key concepts and principles of international criminal law. On several occasions, this practice and jurisprudence has pushed the progressive development of this dynamic and growing branch of international law. This edited collection examines the specific contribution made by the judges of the Yugoslavia and Rwanda Tribunals to the development of international criminal law in the areas of substantive crimes, criminal liability, defences, general principles, fair trial rights, and procedure. The essays illuminate the law on these topics while pointing to key areas where the Tribunals have advanced the understanding of particular concepts and principles. Several contributions address the theories of interpretation employed by the Tribunals' judges and the challenges presented by judicial creativity in international criminal trials. As the caseload grows for the International Criminal Court and the international criminal justice project continues to flourish, it is important to take stock of the achievements to date of international criminal bodies. This collection of essays provides a thoughtful analysis by judges, practitioners, and scholars of international criminal law of the profound changes in the field enacted by the judges of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 792 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 31 mm
I expect the volume to be widely read. It is bound to be of great interest to practitioners and judges involved in international criminal trials. It will plainly attract significant academic interest. It will also repay study by those who are interested in the role played by judges in general in the development of law in the domestic as well as the international field. In addition it provides insight into the historical role and development, as well as the work in general, of the international criminal tribunals * Lord Bonomy, Senator of the College of Justice and formerly Judge of the ICTY, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Online *
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