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14 New Eng. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 169 (2007-2008)
Closing the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Completion Strategy and Residual Issues

handle is hein.journals/newenjic14 and id is 177 raw text is: CLOSING THE U.N. INTERNATIONAL
CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA:
COMPLETION STRATEGY AND RESIDUAL
ISSUES
BY CECILE APTEL*
INTRODUCTION
Established as an ad hoc jurisdiction, the U.N. International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is scheduled to complete all trials by 2009
and all appeals by 2010 or 2011, and finally close down. This closing offers
an opportune time to ask whether the ICTR has achieved its mandate and
completed all of its work, or whether it is closing prematurely. In
answering these questions, this paper starts by reviewing the strategy
followed by the Court to complete its work and empty its docket. Closing a
criminal court is not a usual affair; certain legal and practical obligations
incumbent on the ICTR will continue beyond 2011. These obligations,
which have been termed residual issues, are considered in Part II.
Finally, the conclusion briefly assesses the legacy of the ICTR and its
eventual contribution to reconciliation in Rwanda.
I. COMPLETION STRATEGY
When the U.N. Security Council decided to establish the ICTR as one
of its subsidiary organs in 1994, while giving it an initial four-year
*    Senior Fellow, International Center for Transitional Justice; Member of the Advisory
Committee on Archives established by the Registrars of the ICTR and ICTY. From
March to December 2006, the author headed the legal advisory services of the United
Nations International Independent Investigation Commission in Lebanon. She
previously worked as a Legal Advisor at the ICTY, the ICTR, the Court of Bosnia-
Herzegovina in Sarajevo, and the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services. The
views expressed are personal to the author and do not reflect those of any particular
organization.

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