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The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication edited by Romano, Cesare; Alter, Karen; Shany, Yuval (1st December 2013)

Part V Key Actors, Ch.32 Defense Counsel in International Criminal Trials

Kate Gibson

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication

Edited By: Cesare P R Romano, Karen Alter, Yuval Shany

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 May 2019

Subject(s):
Choice of counsel — Witnesses — Defences — Prosecution — International criminal law, victims — Political violence
“ There is hardly a more unpopular job than defending a person accused of genocide.” 1 Despite defense lawyers being an indispensible fixture in criminal trials, public opinion still ascribes a moral complicity to lawyers representing “genocidaires” or “war criminals.” A Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) observed that witnesses “see defense counsel allied with their nemeses in the docks.” 2 This is an uncomfortable stigma for lawyers who are familiar with being afforded the same measure of respect, regardless of the role...
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