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Volume II, s.6 International Criminal Proceedings, Ch.33 The Role of the Defence

Steven Kay, Bert Swart

From: The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Edited By: Professor Antonio Cassese, Professor Paola Gaeta, Mr John R.W.D. Jones

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 January 2023

Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic privileges — Judges — International courts and tribunals, procedure — Prosecutors — Defences — Duty to investigate — Witnesses — International criminal law, evidence
The Rome Statute establishes a court composed of the following organs:1 (a) the Presidency; (b) Appeal, Trial, and Pre-Trial Divisions of Courts; (c) the Office of the Prosecutor; and (d) the Registry. ‘Legal assistance’, for which one should read defence counsel, is only mentioned within the context of the Court in passing, as an option for an accused if he does not wish to represent himself.2 But, as has been said: ‘There is no show without Punch’3 and it will remain to be seen whether sufficient attention has been given to the status of defence counsel and to...
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