Main characteristics of crimes against humanity under the statute of international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Author (s): Grynchak A. A

Work place: 

Associate Professor of the Department of State Construction,

Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine;

Language: Ukrainian

Scientific Herald of Sivershchyna. Series: Law 2017№2(2):55-65


The report is devoted to the analysis of main characteristics of crimes against humanity under the statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and its practice about these crimes. The definition of crimes against humanity is described as «when committed in armed conflict, whether international or internal in character, and directed against any civilian population». Special attention is paid to the characteristics of crimes against humanity, namely: orientation against the civilian population, organization and systematic, massiveness of actions.

Certainly, the significant influence of the ICTY on the development of International Humanitarian and Criminal Law and International Criminal Tribunal must be emphasized. The court practice has filled the legal gaps in certain international crimes and crimes against humanity in particular, and has become a significant factor in the elaboration of the statute of the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and other judicial institutions. The ICTC has proven that International Criminal Tribunal is effective and transparent. The definition of crimes against humanity is disclosed in the following international instruments, with consideration of all the achievements and achievements of the ICTY.

Key words: crimes against humanity, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, an  armed conflict, Criminal Law, the Special Court for Sierra Leone.


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