The Election of Ad Litem Judges and Other Recent Developments at the International Criminal Tribunals
There have been several important developments concerning the ICTY and ICTR recently. For example, steps have been taken to improve the efficient operation of both ad hoc Tribunals, to include the addition of ad litem judges at the ICTY, an increase in the number of judges assigned to the common Appeals Chamber (to include the permanent assignment of ICTR judges to The Hague for this purpose), and amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of both ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals. In addition, efforts have been initiated to provide for compensation to victims and to individuals wrongfully detained, prosecuted or convicted. There have also been recent allegations of improper conduct by defence attorneys and investigators. The following article surveys these developments.
Key Words: ad litem judges; defence counsel; ICTR; ICTY; reform; Rules; Statute; victim compensation.
1 Legal Officer (International Law), Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY.The views expressed are solely those of the author and are not attributable to the United Nations, ICTY, or Office of the Prosecutor.