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The Normative Impact on International Law of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

Theodor Meron

in War Crimes Law Comes of Age

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268567.003.0012
The Normative Impact on International Law of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

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Whatever the practical achievements of the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia may prove to be, the United Nations Security Council has established the first truly international criminal tribunal for the prosecution of persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law. Its creation portends at least some deterrence to future violations and gives a new lease of life to that part of international criminal law which applies to violations of humanitarian law. These are major, though obvious, achievements. However, the tragic and massive abuses in the former Yugoslavia have also triggered additional institutional and normative developments, which are the subject of this chapter.

Keywords: international law; International Tribunal; Yugoslavia; United Nations; Security Council; war crimes; human rights

Chapter.  9193 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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