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The Role of the United Nations in the Prosecution of International War Criminals

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Washington University Journal of Law & Policy


There are serious war crimes to investigate. Thus, it is not acceptable that several years must pass before a UN ad hoc tribunal can begin its work. Justice must not be delayed. Aside from being inefficient, it is grossly unfair to expect victims of those horrendous crimes to wait before the wheels of justice begin to turn. Therefore, while the role of the UN in setting up the ad hoc tribunals has been fundamentally important, the route chosen for their establishment is not an efficient or desirable one.