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Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi

James E K Parker


Between September 2006 and December 2008, Simon Bikindi stood trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), accused of inciting genocide with his songs. Bikindi’s trial was unprecedented. Never before had an international court or tribunal been called upon to determine a musician’s culpability for acts of genocide. This book explores how the ICTR went about that difficult task. In doing so, however, it takes a particular interest in questions of sound and listening, which it is argued have been seriously neglected in contemporary legal scholarship. One half of the book is add ... More

Keywords: International Criminal Law, jurisprudence, genocide, Rwanda, sound, acoustics, music, radio, media, Simon Bikindi

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E K Parker, author
Lecturer, Melbourne Law School

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