The Birth of a Great Experiment

Mohamed Shahabuddeen

in International Criminal Justice at the Yugoslav Tribunal

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199670826
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191751523 | DOI:
The Birth of a Great Experiment

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established in 1993 as a temporary judicial body, is due to be phased out by 31 December 2014. This chapter reviews some aspects of its brief career. The Security Council established the ICTY on behalf of all members of the UN. While the jurisdiction of the ICTY has primacy over national jurisdictions, the Statute of the ICTY recognizes that the complete administration of international criminal justice will require the participation of national courts. The ICTY was established to deal with a problem which arose in one continent; so, too, with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. However, the jurisprudence produced by these unique experiments in the field of the administration of international criminal justice will be universally useful.

Keywords: ICTY; rule of law; judicial body; Security Council; international law; international criminal justice; jurisprudence; jurisdiction

Chapter.  11780 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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