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Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaA Multidisciplinary Approach$
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Carsten Stahn, Carmel Agius, Serge Brammertz, and Colleen Rohan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198862956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198862956.001.0001

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Punishing for Humanity

Punishing for Humanity

The Sentencing Legacy of the ICTY

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Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Margaret M. deGuzman

Oxford University Press

In determining sentences, the ICTY chose to develop global norms rather than adhere to, or even be strongly guided by, the sentencing norms of the former Yugoslavia. Although the ICTY Statute required the judges to consult national practices in determining sentences, they interpreted this requirement loosely, reserving to themselves a wide discretion that enabled them to identify a range of global sentencing objectives and factors to apply in pursuit of those objectives. The global norms the ICTY developed included norms rejecting harsh punishment, applying consequentialist punishment rationales, privileging gravity as the central sentencing factor, and endorsing broad judicial sentencing discretion. In developing these norms, the ICTY helped to build a foundation that other international courts, and perhaps some national courts, are likely to rely on for the foreseeable future.

Keywords:   ICTY, sentencing practice, global norms, punishment, national norms, judicial discretion

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