Looking Forward

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:
Looking Forward

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It states that a judge of the Tribunal has to be grateful for the chance to serve in what was beyond cavilling a great human experiment. It also addresses the issue of where to draw the line between international law and humanitarianism. In armed conflict, most people tend to agree on what is right and on what is wrong. This reservoir of feeling is the foundation of international humanitarian law. But what it means in a concrete situation can involve much thought. While there are many humanitarian treaties, the ultimate goal has not been achieved, and it cannot be achieved without the support of the rule of law. The problem is that the law, without the rule of law, naturally, as of old, favours states with a preponderance of weaponry.

Keywords: ICTY; judges; international humanitarian law; rule of law

Chapter.  1836 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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