Since the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) by the UN Security Council in 1994, a substantial volume of judicial records has been produced documenting the trial and appellate processes at the ICTR. Those processes have, over years of judicial activity, produced a new, unique and evolving jurisprudence in the field of international criminal justice. That jurisprudence has inspired a large number of legal professionals and scholars around the world to carry out research on a number of novel issues arising from prosecuting the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes at an international level. The impact of the ICTR jurisprudence on the quest for the generation of new knowledge has been demonstrated by the global response to the compendious Special Bibliography compiled by the Legal Library in 2011 and 2012.
The present edition of the ICTR’s Basic Documents and Case Law covers the period 1995-2013. The databases contained within bear testimony to the ICTR’s remarkable contribution to international criminal law which assumes special importance as the Tribunal nears the completion of its mandate. The Basic Documents and Case Law, which is also available online, offers the user an extensive insight into the comprehensive and path-breaking work that has been done by the Tribunal.
This 2014 edition contains more than 7,000 documents, including indictments, decisions and orders, judgements, ICTR basic documents, as well as various UN documents on the ICTR. The database is fully searchable and provides access to compiled documents.
The ICTR’s Basic Documents and Case Law is part of the collection of the Laïty Kama Law Library which honours the memory of the Tribunal’s first President, Judge Laïty Kama of Senegal. This collection is the Tribunal’s tribute to this distinguished jurist whose expertise and renown contributed immensely to the Tribunal’s development from an embryonic institution to an entity whose rulings carry much weight in international criminal law. I am convinced that this precious edition will be an important tool for the researchers in the field of international humanitarian law.
Assistant Secretary General