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Luc Reydams, Jan Wouters, and Cedric Ryngaert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554294.001.0001

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(p.572) 10 Investigations
International Prosecutors

Hiroto Fujiwara

Stephan Parmentier

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the first and crucial phase in ‘building a case’, that is, the criminal investigation. ‘International criminal investigation’ is defined as a process of searching, collecting, collating, and synthesizing information, which is conducted by international prosecutors against individuals who are allegedly liable for international crimes, in order to prove the guilt or innocence of those individuals in a court of law. The chapter proceeds as follows. First, it examines the particularities of an international criminal investigation. The differences with a national investigation are such that they make an international investigation a distinctive exercise. Then it considers the processing of information and the analysis of evidence. Thereafter it discusses the legal and organizational frameworks of an international investigation. Finally, it reviews the investigative practice of several international tribunals.

Keywords:   international criminal investigation, international crimes, evidence analysis, investigative practice

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