A War Crimes Tribunal for Sri Lanka? Examining the Options Under International Law

Jayasinghe, Nihal and Birkett, Daley (2014) A War Crimes Tribunal for Sri Lanka? Examining the Options Under International Law. Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 46 (3). ISSN 0008-7254

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In light of the growing international demands for accountability in relation to alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during its twenty-six-year armed conflict, this article aims to evaluate the options available to both Sri Lanka and the international community under the applicable rules of international law. First, the background to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka will be investigated, with a particular focus on the escalation thereof in 2009. This article will then examine the options available under public international law to address the increasing calls for accountability. Throughout the analysis, comparisons will be drawn between the situation in Sri Lanka and those in which criminal tribunals have been established to prosecute those responsible for perpetrating alleged international crimes. By contrasting the options available in relation to the situation in Sri Lanka with analogous situations, conclusions will be drawn as to the most viable options through which the intensifying demands for accountability might be met under international law.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 12:12
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 14:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40970

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