The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: a court “off the shelf” for a divided country

Wetzel, Jan and Mitri, Yvonne (2008) The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: a court “off the shelf” for a divided country. The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, 7 (1). pp. 81-114. ISSN 1569-1853

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Abstract

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is the most recently established international criminal tribunal.
Controversially created by the UN Security Council in 2007 amid rising political tensions in the
country, it is designed to investigate a number of politically motivated killings, including the
assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. It shares many characteristics
of other hybrid (or “internationalized”) criminal tribunals, especially the Special Court
for Sierra Leone, which facilitated its speedy establishment. But it breaks new ground as an
international effort to specifically end impunity for terrorist acts. This article argues that in many
respects, the legal framework of the Special Tribunal distills the “best practices” of prior tribunals.
At the same time, the debate over its creation and its chances to assist the peace process in Lebanon
continues.

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Additional Information:The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is the most recently established international criminal tribunal. Controversially created by the UN Security Council in 2007 amid rising political tensions in the country, it is designed to investigate a number of politically motivated killings, including the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. It shares many characteristics of other hybrid (or “internationalized”) criminal tribunals, especially the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which facilitated its speedy establishment. But it breaks new ground as an international effort to specifically end impunity for terrorist acts. This article argues that in many respects, the legal framework of the Special Tribunal distills the “best practices” of prior tribunals. At the same time, the debate over its creation and its chances to assist the peace process in Lebanon continues.
Keywords:Assassination, internationalized criminal tribunals, International crimes, Lebanon, Terrorism, Threat to international peace and security, crimes against humanity, international criminal courts and tribunals
Subjects:M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:3047
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Deposited On:28 Jul 2010 10:11
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