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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Fair Trial, Right to, International Protection

Louise Doswald-Beck

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2024

Right to a trial within a reasonable time — Access to justice — Right to fair trial — Legal representation, right to — International organizations, practice and procedure — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Prisoners of war — War crimes — Crimes against humanity — Nullum crimen sine lege — Right to self-representation — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — International criminal courts and tribunals, composition

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The right to a fair trial has, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) (‘UDHR’), become established as one of the fundamental pillars of international law to protect individuals against arbitrary treatment (see also Denial of Justice). The provisions of international law are primarily aimed at ensuring that an individual is not wrongfully convicted and/or punished by the organs of a State. However, under international humanitarian law (Humanitarian Law, International) and international criminal law, persons other than representatives of a State...
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