The Making of International Criminal Justice: A View from the Bench: Selected Speeches

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byTheodor Meron

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Until recently, and with a few notable exceptions in the wake of World War II, violations of the laws of war and international humanitarian law were addressed primarily as claims between states. However, this approach has changed radically in the last twenty years, as the internationalcommunity has increasingly accepted the idea of individual criminal responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law. The International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda have played a key role in this transformation and, as the trailblazers for a growing numberof new international or hybrid criminal courts, in establishing the field of international criminal justice and encouraging the national prosecution of war crimes. Understanding the Tribunals' origins, their ground-breaking jurisprudence, and how they have addressed critical legal and practicalchallenges is essential to understanding both the revolution that has occurred over the past twenty years and how international criminal law will change and grow in the years ahead. As a leading scholar on humanitarian law, and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Theodor Meron has observed and influenced the development of international criminal law as it has evolved from a mostly academic exercise to a cornerstone of the newinternational legal order. In this collection of speeches delivered during his first decade on the bench, he offers an insightful overview of the foundations of international criminal law as well as a unique insider's perspective on the challenges faced by international criminal tribunals, theircreation of a corpus of substantive and procedural law, and the responsibilities of international jurists. Judge Meron's experience in international criminal justice makes this volume as rewarding for experts as it is for the general public.

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Until recently, and with a few notable exceptions in the wake of World War II, violations of the laws of war and international humanitarian law were addressed primarily as claims between states. However, this approach has changed radically in the last twenty years, as the internationalcommunity has increasingly accepted the idea of ind...

Since his election to the Tribunal by the U.N. General Assembly in March 2001, Judge Meron has served on the Appeals Chamber, which hears appeals from both the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Between March 2003 and November 2005 he served as Pr...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The Seven Ages of Man (Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture)Part I: Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law: Evolving Bodies of Law2. The Geneva Conventions and Public International Law3. Customary Humanitarian Law: From the Academy to the Courtroom4. The Humanization of the Law of War (Marek Nowicki Memorial Lecture)5. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60 (Ditchley Hall)6. Improving Compliance by Non-State Actors with Obligations in International Humanitarian Law: A Global Responsibility'Part II: The Rise of International Criminal Tribunals7. The Greatest Change in International Law8. Reflections on the Prosecution of War Crimes by International Tribunals: A Historical Perspective9. Anatomy of an International Criminal Tribunal (Manley O. Hudson Medal Lecture)10. The Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law11. The Challenges Facing the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia12. Statement to the UN Security Council13. Does International Criminal Justice Work? (Alec Roche Annual Lecture in Public International Law)14. The Role of the ICC: Accountability, Peace, and Justice15. The ICC's Relationship with National Jurisdictions: What Future?16. Making the International Criminal Court a Global Reality Through CooperationPart III: International Crimes and Jurisprudence of International Courts17. Human Rights Law Marches Into New Territory: The Enforcement of International Human Rights by International Criminal Tribunals (Marek Nowicki Memorial Lecture)18. The Protection of Civilians in the Jurisprudence of the ICTY and ICTR19. Deliver Us Not to Evil: Keeping POWs Safe20. International and Non-International Conflicts in the Jurisprudence of the ICTY and ICTR21. The ICJ's Opinion in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and MontenegroPart IV: Responsibility and the Role of the Judge22. Judge Thomas Buergenthal and the Development of International Law by International Courts23. Fairness in Sentencing (Separate and Partially Dissenting Opinion, Prosecutor v. Stanislav Galic)24. Judicial Independence and Judicial Impartiality25. The Role of Judges in Public Life26. Decision-Making in International Criminal Tribunals27. Justice and Leadership Dilemmas in ShakespeareEpilogue28. Address at Memorial Cemetery at Potocari, Srebrenica