Annotated Leading Cases
The establishment of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda raised
many new legal issues, such as the competence of the Security Council of the United Nations to establish
a criminal tribunal, the relationship between the Tribunal and national authorities and the protection
of vulnerable witnesses without violating the rights of the defence at the same time.
In dealing with these and other issues, one has to bear in mind that there was no useful precedent to
guide the International Tribunals in their work. The Intergovernmental Conference for the creation of
the statute of the International Criminal Court met with these very same challenges. Therefore, it was
and is a major challenge for the Tribunals and the International Criminal Court to come up with creative
solutions to legal problems in a manner that enables them to function effectively and fully respects the
rights of the accused. The Tribunal’s and Court’s case law provides some of these solutions.
Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals provides you with the full text of the most
important decisions, including concurring, separate and dissenting opinions. Distinguished experts in
the field of international criminal law have commented the most important decisions of the ICTY, ICTR,
The Special Court for Sierra Leone, The International Criminal Tribunal for Timor-Leste and the ICC.
Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals is useful for students, scholars, legal
practitioners, judges, prosecutors and defence counsel who are interested in the various legal aspects
of the law of the ICTY, ICTR and other forms of international criminal adjudication.