The Mechanism launches new version of Case Law Database

Arusha, The Hague

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism or MICT) today launched a new version of its Case Law Database (CLD) to further promote and facilitate access to the jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the MICT.

The CLD is a search tool that provides access to precedent-setting case law of the Appeals Chambers of the ICTR, the ICTY, and the MICT. The CLD contains extracts of key appeal judgements and decisions, which have been curated to facilitate legal research. It also provides access to the full-text versions of the corresponding appeal judgements and decisions.

The new CLD has expanded its collection to include more than 2,300 entries and covers all relevant case law from the establishment of each tribunal up until 31 December 2016. In addition, following an overhaul of its interface, the new CLD includes innovative search and access features developed to best meet the needs of researchers and legal practitioners. New search criteria allow users to tailor their findings to their own preferences according to key words, case names, time periods, relevant rules and more.

Conceived of as a living tool, the CLD’s collection of key case law extracts continues to be updated on a regular basis. Users are invited to provide feedback by filling out the form available on the welcome page of the CLD.