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Sixty-Five Years of International Criminal Justice: Facts and Figures

International Criminal Law Review (2013), 7-41

35 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2014  

Alette Smeulers

Tilburg University; Univeristy of Groningen

Barbora Hola

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Tom van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The international criminal justice system comprises nine international criminal courts and tribunals; six are still operational and three have closed down. On average, they operated for almost nine years apiece and concluded 172 cases in which over 250 judges and 23 chief prosecutors were involved. All in all 745 suspects were indicted, 356 were actually tried and, of these, some 281 defendants were convicted. Currently 34 suspects are on trial and 22 are still at large. The ‘average’ convicted perpetrator is male, aged 40 and a member of a military or paramilitary organisation from Europe, Asia or Africa who is acting on behalf of his government. These are just some of the facts and figures which we present in this article: an overview of the empirical reality of the international criminal justice system which has currently been functioning for just over 65 years.

Keywords: International criminal courts and tribunals, international crimes, judges, prosecutors

Suggested Citation

Smeulers, Alette and Hola, Barbora and Berg, Tom van den, Sixty-Five Years of International Criminal Justice: Facts and Figures (2013). International Criminal Law Review (2013), 7-41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520472

Alette Smeulers (Contact Author)

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

Univeristy of Groningen ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

Barbora Hola

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Tom Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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