Legacy website of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Since the ICTY’s closure on 31 December 2017, the Mechanism maintains this website as part of its mission to preserve and promote the legacy of the UN International Criminal Tribunals.

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Statute of the Tribunal

The Tribunal was established by United Nations resolution 827 of 25 May 1993 which contained the Tribunal’s Statute. Defining the jurisdiction, organisation and functioning of the Tribunal, the Statute is a core document of the organisation. This section includes the original Statute, as well as subsequent resolutions in which refinements were introduced.

Rules of Procedure and Evidence

The rules governing the conduct of proceedings before the Tribunal were drafted by Tribunal judges elected by the United Nations General Assembly. The rules are regularly updated in order to safeguard both fair and expedient trials.

Practice Directions

Policies defining certain practical aspects of judicial proceedings and other legal procedures related to the Tribunal’s work.


Member States Cooperation

Every UN member state has certain obligations towards the Tribunal, most notably to cooperate unconditionally and to comply with requests for assistance and orders of the Tribunal. This includes the passing of legislation to enable States to effectively cooperate with the Tribunal and the enforcement of sentences imposed by the Tribunal.


The rules governing defence at the Tribunal.


The rules governing the operation of the UN Detention Unit, including those regulations established to ensure the continued application and protection of the detainees’ rights while in detention.


A variety of rules and regulations relating to the Tribunal’s operation.