Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Róisín Mulgrew and Denis Abels
Chapter 10: State cooperation in the enforcement of sentences
It is a truism that international criminal tribunals cannot function without cooperation from States. This cooperation has many different dimensions and is subject to legal regimes that may vary per tribunal, per State and per form of cooperation. State cooperation is also required to execute sentences that are imposed by international criminal tribunals. It is a dimension of cooperation and the functioning of international criminal tribunals that does not receive a great deal of attention. This is understandable in the sense that holding international criminal trials does not appear directly dependent upon the regulation of enforcement of sentences; the trial can start and go on, even if there could be uncertainties in respect of the enforcement of sentences. That said, enforcement of sentences is a vital component of any criminal justice system; the authority and credibility of the international criminal justice system are ultimately also dependent on the adequate and fair organization of State cooperation in the enforcement of sentences. The present chapter addresses the question whether cooperation of States in the enforcement of sentences is fair and adequate in the law and practice of international criminal tribunals. A comprehensive answer to this question is not possible in a book chapter. I will therefore have to be selective and concentrate on a number of essential elements of the aforementioned question.
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