A Special Tribunal for Lebanon: The UN Security Council and the Emancipation of International Criminal Justice

Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 21, p. 485, 2008

26 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008 Last revised: 1 Apr 2014

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 19, 2007

Abstract

Discussions on the creation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon have focused on its impact on Lebanese sovereignty and, specifically, the fact that a Chapter VII resolution seems to bypass Lebanese democracy. Simply relying on the idea of a 'breach of international peace and security' to overcome these arguments is not helpful. It is more useful to locate the creation of the Tribunal within evolving international criminal justice practices. These practices are increasingly constraining the Security Council's own work rather than the contrary, as international criminal justice gradually emancipates itself from the confines of 'international peace and security' and becomes a logic unto itself.

Keywords: Lebanon, international law, international criminal law, international peace and security, security council, international criminal tribunal, hybrid tribunal, special tribunal, terrorism, war crimes, international peace and security, human rights

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, A Special Tribunal for Lebanon: The UN Security Council and the Emancipation of International Criminal Justice (December 19, 2007). Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 21, p. 485, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1265587

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
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