Former Yugoslavia: Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law and Establishing an International Criminal Tribunal

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January 1994


This Article retraces some of the historic initiatives that have sought to establish a permanent international criminal court and focuses on the contemporary experience of the Commission of Experts Established Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 780 and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. More particularly, it reflects upon the problems of investigating and prosecuting violations of international humanitarian law, and the interaction between pursuing an international criminal justice goal and political settlements of international disputes.