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The Greatest Change in International Law

Theodor Meron

in The Making of International Criminal Justice

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608935
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729706 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608935.003.0007
The Greatest Change in International Law

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This chapter argues that the greatest change in international law is the creation of a new universe of international criminal and hybrid tribunals and courts in various manifestations. The UN ad hoc tribunals, in particular, have established that fair international prosecutions of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity are feasible, striking a blow to the practice of impunity, leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Court and additional tribunals, and paving the way to more effective deterrence. The tribunals' most significant contributions are outlined.

Keywords: international law; international tribunals; international courts; UN ad hoc tribunals; war crimes; genocide; crimes against humanity; International Criminal Court

Chapter.  509 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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