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Sir Richard May: a Personal Reflection

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When Sir Richard May died in Oxford, England, on 1 July 2004, the international legal community lost one of its shining lights. At the time of its founding, the Tribunal was the first international criminal court since the International Military Tribunals that were established in Nuremberg and Tokyo in the aftermath of World War II. The Tribunal's existence demonstrates the willingness of the international community, after too long a period of indifference, to put an end to impunity and to give new life to international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Judge May was a pioneer and a leader in this great adventure in his capacity as Chair of the Tribunal's Rules Committee. In addition to steering the Rules of the Tribunal in a sound and thoughtful direction, Judge May skillfully implemented the Rules in several cases through his practical wisdom and masterly control of the courtroom.

Keywords: international criminal law; international humanitarian law; International Military Tribunals; Nuremberg; Sir Richard May; Tokyo



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