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Published: 09 March 2021

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780198846871

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Doing Justice to History

Confronting the Past in International Criminal Courts

Barrie Sander

Oxford Monographs in International Humanitarian & Criminal Law

  • Develops a novel theoretical framework for examining the construction of historical narratives within international criminal courts
  • Examines how these narratives have been shaped by contestation over the selection of individuals for prosecution, as well as the scope and meaning of categories of crime and culpability
  • Critiques expectations of historical finality and closure typically associated with international criminal judgments, revealing a dynamic process of historical narrative pluralism within and beyond the courtroom
  • Illuminates the legitimation function of international criminal judgments and reflects on what struggles for historical justice reveal about the emancipatory limits and potential of international criminal courts
  • Based on the thesis that was awarded the IHEID Alumni Prize 2021 for most outstanding PhD thesis