Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court
T. Markus Funk
Reviews and Awards
"Markus Funk has written the 'must-read' book for all lawyers and judges who practice in the International Criminal Court and for the entire academy of international criminal lawyers. The practice and jurisprudence of victims' rights have grown so rapidly that Mr. Funk's book is an essential tool in the courtroom. Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court meets the critical need for a detailed and comprehensive guidebook for the representation of victims. International justice is well-served by this path-breaking book."
- Ambassador David Scheffer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001); Leader of the U.S. Negotiating Team in United Nations talks on the International Criminal Court; Director, Northwestern University's Center for International Human Rights.
"This intelligent book discusses a topical issue with vivacity. It puts forward a number of thoughtful and constructive proposals for ameliorating the victims' rights in the international criminal system."
- Judge Antonio Cassese, First President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Chairman of the UN International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur; Current President, UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Professor of International Law, University of Florence.
"Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court is the first in-depth treatment of the most contemporary topics in international criminal justice, namely, the International Criminal Court and victims' participation in international criminal proceedings. Mr. Funk's insightful and first-of-its-kind book is perfectly-timed to provide critical guidance to practitioners and academics alike. In so doing, the book effectively challenges some of the preconceptions observers have had about the roles played by victims and their representatives."
- Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, 1998 Chairperson of the Drafting Committee of the U.N.'s Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of the ICC; President, DePaul University International Human Rights Law Institute.
"Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court combines a keen historical appreciation of the victims' rights movement with a detailed practical knowledge of how victims' representatives can most effectively serve their clients, the court, and the general cause of justice. This volume is indispensable for those wishing to understand how the court has integrated victims into their processes and the directions in which the role of victims in these processes is likely to develop."
- Judge Morris S. Arnold, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; former university vice president and professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; former Dean of the University of Indiana School of Law.
"Mr. Funk's book provides a perfectly candid, and at times quite disheartening, assessment of the ICC's shortcomings, while also acknowledging its strengths. Providing a roadmap to reform and the establishment of a more 'professionalized' Court, Mr. Funk's book succeeds entirely in its bold effort to marry the theory of victims' rights with the practice of victim representation."
- Justice Enver Hasani, President of the Kosovo Constitutional Court.
"[Mr. Funk's book] is a very meticulous, detailed, and methodical handbook for the victims' representatives. Mr. Funk establishes the basis for a thorough and meticulous vade-mecum that every victim representative at the ICC will want to have within easy reach."
- Prof. Pierre-Michel Fontaine, Former Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Promotion of Refugee Law Section.
"As T. Markus Funk in this groundbreaking book illustrates so compellingly, the broad crimes punishable by international criminal law generate a disturbing number of real flesh-and-blood victims. . . . This book in the end leads to a dramatically-improved comprehension of victims' rights by significantly advancing the debate on victims' participation within the framework of the Rome Statute, and by enhancing our shared understanding of how to most effectively and responsively address victims' needs, as well as their interest in participating in the proceedings."
- Paolina Massidda, Principal Counsel of the International Criminal Court's Office of Public Counsel for Victims
"[B]ecause of its clearness, pragmatism and facile structure, it is easy to imagine Funk's book becoming very soon a 'must-have' on the desks of practitioners working on victims' participation and victims' rights at the international level."
-Valentina Spiga, Book Review, Oxford Journal of International Criminal Justice
"Funk's primer on how best to represent victims is seasoned with ICC case law and meaningful insights that all ICC victim advocates need to know in order to be effective...T. Markus Funk's Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court is a valuable read and resource for those who care about international justice."
- Prof. Juliet Sorensen, Book Review, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (2010).