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Sentencing Criteria in International Criminal Law

As the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone come to a close, it is timely to examine the extent to which the evolution of international criminal law (ICL) has incorporated rule-of-law-based consistency, certainty and fairness principles that traditionally characterise criminal justice, and to draw lessons for the future. The project addresses this problem in relation to sentencing in ICL.

The study aims to (i) analyse the extent to which the sentencing criteria employed by the above-mentioned tribunals and the International Criminal Court (ICC) are explicit, consistent and appropriate, and (ii) suggest solutions for the effective functioning of international criminal jurisdiction in compliance with criminal justice principles and guarantees based on the rule of law.

The conceptual framework draws on international criminal law and on liberal criminal justice theories as they relate to sentencing, and explores how the latter can inform the former. Methodology includes documentary analysis and interviews.

Read the report:

Sentencing Criteria in International Criminal Law: Towards Consistency, Certainty and Fairness

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*The project is financed through the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme.