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International Peace and Security, International Criminal Justice, and the Yugoslav War

Rachel Kerr

in The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263059
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263051.003.0002
 International Peace and Security, International Criminal Justice, and the Yugoslav War

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This chapter analyses the decision to establish the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia from the legal, political, and diplomatic context in which it was taken. The tribunal was a product of interconnected pressures: concern among domestic public opinion, the failure of the international community to stop the fighting, and changes in international political systems in the early 1990s. It represented the convergence of UN Security Council powers and responsibility for international peace and security, with enforcement of international humanitarian law. Although it was a tool of politics, it is a judicial, not a political tool.

Keywords: International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; international humanitarian law; international justice

Chapter.  13865 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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