Past Crimes and the Effect of Statutory Limitations on the ECCC

  • David BoyleEmail author
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 6)


The ECCC judicial bodies have not yet ben able to provide substantive responses to all of the statutory limitations issues raised in the cases before them. However, a number of applicable principles have been enunciated, both as regards domestic and international crimes. Despite the specificities of the civil law inspired procedural rules before the ECCC, this jurisprudence makes a unique contribution to debate on the evolution over time of customary rules concerning statutory limitations in the context of international tribunals. It may be hoped that these principles will allow the outstanding issues to be resolved in cases still pending before the ECCC.


International crimes Statutory limitations Fair trial Domestic prosecution Human rights 


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© T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ParisParisFrance

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