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Part V - Inchoate and Preparatory Acts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 July 2019

Jérôme de Hemptinne
Affiliation:
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Robert Roth
Affiliation:
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Elies van Sliedregt
Affiliation:
University of Leeds
Marjolein Cupido
Affiliation:
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Manuel J. Ventura
Affiliation:
Western Sydney University
Lachezar Yanev
Affiliation:
Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
Tom Gal
Affiliation:
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Thomas Van Poecke
Affiliation:
KU Leuven, Belgium
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Summary

Despite recent developments, prosecuting attempts to commit international crimes have typically been rare at the international level. The infrequency of prosecution can be explained by several factors. Some scholars have argued that attempt liability for war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide might not have met the ‘seriousness requirement’ in order to be brought within the ICTY and the ICTR’s respective jurisdictions or might not ‘have implicated the collective considerations of peace and security that animated the creation of the tribunals in first instance’. Moreover, according to Schabas, prosecuting attempted international crimes was not entirely necessary since international courts and tribunals were generally established ex post facto, that is once such crimes have already been committed.

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