Sentencing and penalties

Nadia Bernaz*

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The fact that numerous individuals are currently serving prison sentences following their conviction by international criminal tribunals for international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes constitutes one of the most visible signs of the extraordinary evolution of international criminal law over the past 20 years. Persons who might previously have evaded prosecution are now incarcerated. While the implementation of international law is often seen as lacking, it is somewhat satisfying to be able to point to imprisoned individuals who are ‘paying for their crimes’. The imprisonment of these criminals seems to be an almost natural way of addressing the public’s indignation towards their crimes and, arguably, it provides the surviving victims with some form of closure and a sense of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of International Criminal Law
EditorsWilliam A. Schabas, Nadia Bernaz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203836897
ISBN (Print)9780415552035
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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