ICTY: Thinking about legacy

10 March 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is scheduled to close at the end of February 2014 and its president, Patrick Robinson, is starting to lay the foundations for the tribunal’s legacy. Judge Robinson spoke to the IJT about what he is doing to preserve the legacy of the court.

Why is it important to discuss the legacy of the tribunal already?
The legacy of the tribunal relates firstly to what it has done within the region – in the countries of the former Yugoslavia and secondly the contribution it has made at a global level to procedural and substantive international criminal law.The conference that recently concluded dealt with the tribunal’s regional legacy and it is expected that another conference in 2011 will be devoted to the tribunal’s global legacy.

As to the tribunal’s regional legacy, it was timely to consider it at this stage because it had become necessary to assess the tribunal’s capacity building efforts in the region following the specific instructions of the Security Council in 2003 for the tribunal to provide assistance to the courts in the region, and the processing of war crimes trials.

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