While the celebration of love took place throughout the world, one country was faced with mixed emotions of anger, astonishment and despair. On 14 February 2005 a massive bomb explosion on the Beirut seafront occurred, taking the lives of many, including that of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The attack triggered mass protests in Lebanon, leading to the urgent need to find the truth behind the killing of Mr. Hariri and others. Lebanese authorities asked the United Nations for assistance and their request was answered with the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). It was the start of their quest for justice, but not without overcoming many political and legal hurdles.
This book puts the creation and existence of the Special Tribunal under a microscope and analyzes the Tribunal’s nature, innovations and principles in order to discover to what extent the STL can restore the breach on international peace and security. And more important, bearing the attack on 14 February 2005 in mind, to what extent the STL can contribute to the reconciliation of the victims, the Lebanese society as a whole and the international community.