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The Making of International Criminal JusticeThe View from the Bench: Selected Speeches$
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Theodor Meron

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608935.001.0001

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The Greatest Change in International Law

The Greatest Change in International Law

(p.75) 7 The Greatest Change in International Law
The Making of International Criminal Justice

Theodor Meron

Oxford University Press

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

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