Accounts of international criminal courts have tended to consist of reflections on abstract legal texts, on judgements and trial transcripts. Genocide Never Sleeps, based on ethnographic research at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), provides an alternative account, describing a messy, flawed human process in which legal practitioners faced with novel challenges sought to reconfigure long-standing habits and opinions while maintaining a commitment to 'justice'. From the challenges of simultaneous translation to collaborating with colleagues from different legal traditions, legal practitioners were forced to scrutinise that which normally remains assumed in domestic law. By providing an account of this process, Genocide Never Sleeps not only provides a unique insight into the exceptional nature of the ad hoc, improvised ICTR and the day-to-day practice of international criminal justice, but also holds up for fresh inspection much that is naturalised and assumed in unexceptional, domestic legal processes.Read more
- Provides a detailed record of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) which ceased operations in 2015
- Provides readers with an intimate account of the day-to-day internal workings of an international criminal court and the people who worked there
- Uses the exceptional nature of international criminal justice to reflect on the practice of law in general
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- Date Published: September 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108485593
- length: 234 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: judging the crime of crimes
1. 'When we walk out
what was it all about?'
2. 'Watching the fish in the goldfish bowl'
3. 'Who the hell cares how things are done in the old country'
4. 'They don't say what they mean or mean what they say'
5. 'We are not a truth commission'
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