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2 Initiation of Investigations and Selection of Cases

Margaret M deGuzman, William A. Schabas

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: 04 March 2024

The initiation of investigations and selection of cases are among the most critical tasks performed at international criminal courts and tribunals.1 These decisions, usually made by prosecutors in the first instance and sometimes reviewed by judges, go a long way to determining the legitimacy and ultimate success of the international criminal law enterprise. International courts face far more crimes than they have the resources to address, a situation that is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, such courts are not tethered to a political...
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