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War Crimes Law Comes of Age

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/9780198268567.003.0017
War Crimes Law Comes of Age

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The rapid and fundamental developments in the last few years on the establishment of individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law have been such that it is now an appropriate time to assess their principal features. On the institutional plane, the establishment by the United Nations Security Council of the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda under Chapter VII of the UN Charter was of cardinal importance. The Hague Tribunal has issued several important decisions that clarify and give a judicial imprimatur to some rules of international humanitarian law. International humanitarian law has also developed faster since the beginning of the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia than in the four-and-a-half decades since the Nuremberg Tribunals and the adoption of the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War of August 12, 1949.

Keywords: humanitarian law; war crimes; tribunals

Chapter.  4355 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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