In 2007 UNICRI initiated a programme to assist International Criminal Tribunals in their efforts to preserve and promote the knowledge and experience developed while prosecuting, managing and sentencing relevant war crimes cases. The vision is to preserve the knowledge gathered and the most innovative practices established and to make them available to future international tribunals and Member States engaged in war crimes prosecution or other violations of international humanitarian law.
Given the implications of the ICTR’s Completion Strategy, reflected in Security Council resolution 1534/2004, and the imminent Tribunal’s closure, UNICRI, together with the ICTR, intends to produce a Manual on its key established practices. The Manual will capture the most effective practices developed by the ICTR in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide since its inception until now, in order to preserve the Tribunal’s legacy and to ensure a smooth transfer of knowledge from the ICTR to the national jurisdictions.
UNICRI undertook a similar endeavour in 2009 when it produced the Manual on ICTY Developed Practices, in cooperation with this Tribunal. The Manual provides an overview of the experiences and most effective practices established at the ICTY. As an integral part of the Tribunal’s legacy, it is intended to serve as a reference tool for global and national level policy makers, international criminal law practitioners and other international, internationalized or hybrid tribunals.
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