Witness preparation in the ICC: an opportunity for principled pragmatism

Jackson, John D. and Brunger, Yassin M. (2015) Witness preparation in the ICC: an opportunity for principled pragmatism. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 13 (3). pp. 601-624. ISSN 1478-1395

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In January 2013, Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the cases of William Ruto and Joshua Sang and of Francis Muthaura and Uhuru Kenyatta, collectively known as the ‘Kenya decisions’, made a marked departure from the firm prohibition on ‘witness proofing’ established by the ICC's Pre-Trial and Trial Chamber I in the Lubanga decisions. This reversal illustrates the polarization of an issue that has caused considerable controversy in the international legal community and demonstrates the challenges faced by the Court in navigating such a controversy. While the practice may be viewed as a fault line between two different procedural cultures, forever destined to be subject to debate, this article explores an alternative view, examining the reasons for this turnaround and proposing an approach based on ‘principled pragmatism’. In doing so, it considers whether witness preparation is coming to be regarded as a necessary part of ICC practice.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/754182
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of International Criminal Justice following peer review. The version of record John D. Jackson, Yassin M. Brunger; Witness Preparation in the ICC: An Opportunity for Principled Pragmatism. J Int Criminal Justice 2015; 13 (3): 601-624 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/jicj/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/jicj/mqv024
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqv024
Depositing User: Williams, Suzanne
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:10
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39438

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