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International Criminal Tribunals: Justice and Politics

ISBN13: 9780230294295
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £89.99

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This book reviews the statutes, achievements and limitations of international criminal courts, starting with the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, and followed in the 1990s by temporary international or hybrid national/international courts as well as the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court. These courts have all been exposed to pressures and interference by national and international politics, which have affected their performance. Are they really independent from states which have created them and on which they depend for their financing and cooperation? The ultimate question is whether international criminal justice is a utopian enterprise based on unrealistic and biased grounds, or whether, in spite of its flaws and limitations it constitutes an important step forward in the long fight against the impunity of criminal leaders. With an innovative interdisciplinary approach linking the legal, the historical and the political, the author provides both an overview and a political analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the various tribunals and of international criminal justice in general.

International Criminal Law
Introduction The Pioneers: The Nuremberg and Tokyo Military Tribunals PART I: THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda PART II: THE MIXED NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL COURTS Special Panels for Serious Crimes in Dili, East Timor (now Timor-Leste) The Special Court for Sierra Leone The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia The Special Tribunal for Lebanon PART III: THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT Statute, Mandate and Structure Referrals and Investigations PART IV: NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE The Iraq Special Tribunal The Delayed Trial of Hissene Habre Conclusion