File - The Nuremberg Trials are considered an important precursor to the modern application of international criminal law.
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, set to begin at The Hague later this month, follows a decadeslong tradition of international criminal courts.The STL will be the first international tribunal since the IMT to try defendants in absentia.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), established in 1993, was the first international court to be created since the IMT and the first to be formed under United Nations auspices, as dictated by Security Council Resolution 827 .Aside from the ICTY and the STL, nine other international courts have been established under the United Nations.The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was created after the 1994 genocide, which killed over a million people in the space of just a few months. 21 cases involving eight different "situations," as the court calls them, have been brought before the ICC.
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