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Acoustic JurisprudenceListening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi$
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James E K Parker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735809.001.0001

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Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi

Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi

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Acoustic Jurisprudence

James E K Parker

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the Bikindi case in detail, along with some necessary context. Having offered a brief overview of the Rwandan genocide, it summarizes the history and structure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda before outlining the specifics of the charges against Bikindi, the three songs at the centre of his trial and the judgments eventually rendered. The chapter then addresses the response to the Bikindi case in the legal literature, in musicology, and in the media. This response, it is suggested, is symptomatic of the deafness of so much contemporary juridical thought. Finally, the chapter details the archival materials on which the study is based, along with the method brought to bear on them.

Keywords:   Rwanda, ICTR, International Criminal Law, incitement, genocide, freedom of expression

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