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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Victim Participation in International Criminal Proceedings

Mariana Pena

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 July 2020

Subject(s):
Right to fair trial — International criminal law, victims — International criminal law, conduct of proceedings — Reparations — International criminal courts and tribunals, procedure

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, to ‘participate’ means to be involved, to take part (see Pena and Carayon, 2013, 531). As such, victim participation can be interpreted broadly to encompass any involvement by victims in criminal proceedings undertaken by a tribunal. For example, such involvement can encompass interaction in the form of witness testimony or as a complainant or amicus curiae. 2 Victim participation can also be interpreted more narrowly to cover victims’ direct and autonomous intervention, often (though not necessarily) through...
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