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Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795582.001.0001

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International Criminal Tribunals

International Criminal Tribunals

Prosecutorial Strategies in Atypical Political Environments

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International Court Authority

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Sara Dezalay

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This chapter focuses on international criminal tribunals. These have emerged as part of a professional field of international criminal law, reshaping how atrocities are handled at the international level. They include the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Criminal Court (ICC). In many international courts, authority turns on judicial decisions. Yet in the context of international criminal courts, prosecutorial strategy is often at the core of the building or waning of authority. This is partly because of the power of prosecutors to make headlines and cause political controversy with indictments, and of the highly contentious and atypical political environments in which these courts operate. In building their authority, prosecutors are acutely aware of the constraints on the authority they enjoy and thus seek to speak to the constituencies they need—while avoiding others—through their prosecutorial practices.

Keywords:   international criminal tribunals, international criminal law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, ICTY, International Criminal Court, international criminal courts, prosecutorial strategy, atypical political environments

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