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Part A Major Problems of International Criminal Justice, IV International Criminal Trials, International Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective: The Tension Between States’ Interests and the Pursuit of International Justice

M. Cherif Bassiouni

From: The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice

Edited By: Antonio Cassese (Editor-in-Chief)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 October 2020

The term international criminal justice is vague. What is contemporarily meant by it is the application of the principle of accountability for certain international crimes, whether before an international or national judicial body. Such a body must be duly constituted and impartial, and its legal processes must be fair in accordance with international legal standards. Whether such a judicial body applies international or national laws and procedures is not a narrow legalistic question. Instead, what is crucial is whether international crimes, which have achieved...
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