The challenges of international criminal law in addressing mass atrocity

Authored by: Phil Clark

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504

10.4324/9780203837146.ch7

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Abstract

For nearly fifty years after the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, international justice fell out of favour as a response to atrocities such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the past twenty years, however, international criminal law has become a ubiquitous feature of societies recovering from mass conflict. Today it takes various forms, including the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; the hybrid international-domestic courts for Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Lebanon and Kosovo; and the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC).

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