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December 08, 2022

International Criminal Law Practice Project

Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague

Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague

Julian Nyča, 2012, Wikimedia Commons.


Through the extensive atrocity crimes litigation at the Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, East Timor and Kosovo international criminal courts and tribunals, along with the development of the International Criminal Court and the international criminal law cases at domestic and hybrid institutions, the practice of international criminal law has continued to evolve and adapt in order to establish accountability and better deliver justice to victims of atrocity crimes. International criminal justice practitioners confront a range of challenges in these unique institutions, from institutional structure and team management, implementing investigations of complex crimes, preserving evidence, and instilling trial procedures that strike the appropriate balance among efficiency and effectiveness. Past efforts at “lessons learned” studies and holistic reviews of international criminal justice institutions have often focused on a particular institution or a particular role (prosecution, defense, etc.).

Building on the impact of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards managed by the Criminal Justice Section, the International Criminal Law Practice Project seeks to create and provide a novel, publicly available resource and repository of publications drafted by and for practitioners of international criminal law. Publications will include guidance and suggested practices that reflect both underlying principles and also their practical application in order to assist practitioners address the challenges faced by those occupying different roles in international criminal law proceedings. The project is fundamentally directed at the goal of ensuring proceedings are fair, just, timely, efficient and effective in carrying out and conveying accountability for grave international crimes.

The International Criminal Law Practice Project is guided by a Steering Committee of experienced practitioners in international criminal law. It also benefits from the expertise of a global Council of Experts, practitioners with significant experience in many aspects of international criminal justice from varied perspectives.

Steering Committee

David Akerson (Chair), Colin Black, Hon. Bernice Donald, James Melbourne Durant III, Hon. Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher, Christopher "Kip" Hale, Tom Hannis, Megan Hirst, Glenna MacGregor, Angela Mudukuti, Marie O'Leary, Maria Radziejowska, Amb. Stephen Rapp, Pubudu Sachithanandan, Maud Sarliève, David Schwendiman, Ken Scott, Gregory Townsend

Council of Experts (2022-23)

Aarif Abraham, Guido Acquaviva, Sareta Ashraph, Sarah Bafadhel, Stephanie Barbour, Mariel Bird, Diane Brown, James (Jim) Castle, Yasmin Chubin, Alison Cole, David Connelly, Silvia D'Ascoli, Alla Ershova, Travis Farr, Audrey Fino, Stuart Ford, Lindsay Freeman, Fergal Gaynor, Vanessa Grée, Kevin Jon Heller, Grace Harbour, Brenda Hollis, Vega Iodice, Katerina Kappos, Magda Karagiannakis, Sun Kim, Stefanie Kuefner, Stephen Lamony, Nick Leddy, Maxine Marcus, Mathias Marcussen, Katharine Marsden, John McManus, Srdjan Mujanovic, Yasmin Naqvi, Marko Divac Oberg, Nicholas Ortiz, Mohamed Othman, Roger Phillips, Raluca Racasan, Jon Ralston, Ken Roberts, Rosalynd Roberts, Ana Cristina Rodriguez Pineda, Robert Schaeffer, Melinda Taylor, Gregory Townsend, Arthur Traldi, Marie Tuma, Elies Van Sliedregt, Mirjana Vukajlovic, Caroline Walter, Maria Warren, Kim West, Skye Winner



  • Summary: Dec. 2022 Side Event at ICC ASP on Judicial Selection, Evaluation, and Trial Management in International Criminal Tribunals




Kristin Smith, [email protected]