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9 Defence Issues

Till Gut, Stefan Kirsch, Daryl Mundis, Melinda Taylor

From: International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules

Edited By: Göran Sluiter, Håkan Friman, Suzannah Linton, Sergey Vasiliev, Salvatore Zappalà

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 December 2023

Defences — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — Human rights
Defence issues have been one of the more neglected areas of international criminal justice.1 This is no surprise since in the short history of international criminal law its foremost aspiration is to put an end to impunity for international crimes. The focus has therefore tended to be on how to successfully prosecute and try these crimes. At the same time, however, safeguarding defence rights is the only way to ensure that international courts truly respect the rule of law and the integrity of the criminal trial. The central issues in relation to the role and...
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