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A Compendium on the Legacy of the ICTR and the Development of International Law

In November 2014, the ICTR commemorated the 20th Anniversary of its creation by the United Nations Security Council at a ceremony held in Arusha, Tanzania, which was attended by prominent international guests, including representatives of domestic and international courts from around the world. A year later in December 2015, the international community returned to Arusha, this time to celebrate the completion of the ICTR mandate and the closure of the court. On both occasions, a selection of leading practitioners and experts presented speeches on a variety of topics relating to the ICTR and international criminal law and further reflected on the ICTR's contributions to the development of international law.

A compendium of papers arose out of the speeches, covering a range of topics including case management, disclosure and evidence, the rights of the accused, the defense systems in international tribunals, the prosecution of sexual violence, capacity building and outreach programmes, and state and international cooperation. These papers illustrate certain aspects of the legacy of the ICTR and its numerous contributions to international justice. They highlight the role of the ICTR as a foundational institution for the revival of international criminal law at the end of the 20th Century, and envision how it will continue to evolve in the future.


Case Management



  1. Rights of the Accused
  2. Evidence
  3. The Prosecution of Sexual Violence

Defense Systems