A new paradigm of customary international criminal law

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Plesch, Dan ; Sattler, Shanti (2014)
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Subject: 8670 | 4800

This article focuses on the United Nations War Crimes Commission’s significant\ud contribution to the development of customary international criminal law defined by the\ud development of international legal standards and proceedings to combat impunity and promote\ud justice. It draws on the Commission’s official history and its increasingly open archives in order\ud to provide an overview of the UNWCC and its work, its members and its legacy for the\ud contemporary era of international criminal law. The article firstly places the Commission in its\ud historical context through the events and agreements that led to its creation and provided the legal\ud character of the UNWCC. The defining characteristics of the Commission are afterwards\ud described: the nations involved, the committee structure it formed and the sub-commission\ud located in the Far East. Lastly, the accomplishments of the Commission are emphasised and\ud criticisms of its work are presented. The article concludes with a discussion on the legacy of the\ud Commission’s work and a possible future research agenda.
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