The UN International Criminal Tribunals: The Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone

The UN International Criminal Tribunals: The Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone

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William A. Schabas
Cambridge University Press, 9/8/2010
EAN 9780521609081, ISBN10: 0521609089

Paperback, 766 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
Language: English

This book is a guide to the law that applies in the three international criminal tribunals, for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, set up by the UN during the period 1993 to 2002 to deal with atrocities and human rights abuses committed during conflict in those countries. Building on the work of an earlier generation of war crimes courts, these tribunals have developed a sophisticated body of law concerning the elements of the three international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes), and forms of participation in such crimes, as well as other general principles of international criminal law, procedural matters and sentencing. The legacy of the tribunals will be indispensable as international law moves into a more advanced stage, with the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Their judicial decisions are examined here, as well as the drafting history of their statutes and other contemporary sources.

Table of cases
Table of legislative provisions
List of abbreviations
Part I. Establishment of the Tribunals
1. Creation of the tribunals
2. The legitimacy and legality of the tribunals
3. Sources of law
Part II. Jurisdiction
4. Territorial, personal and temporal jurisdiction
5. Subject-matter jurisdiction generally
6. Genocide
7. Crimes against humanity
8. War crimes
Part III. Substantive and Procedural Aspects of Prosecution
9. General principles of law
10. Investigation and pre-trial procedure
11. Trial and post-trial procedure
12. Evidence
13. Rights of the accused
14. Punishment
Part IV. Organisation of the Tribunals
15. Structure and administration of the tribunals