A few thoughts on guaranties inherent to the rule of law as applied to sanctions and the prosecution and punishment of war crimes

War crimes are among the most serious crimes; that is why international courts and tribunals have jurisdiction to prosecute and punish them. The author considers that, when the perpetrators of war crimes are prosecuted and punished, criteria inherent to the rule of law such as those applied by the European Court of Human Rights (legality, proportionality, etc.) must be met.

About the author

Damien Scalia
Teaching assistant

Teaching assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis.