The Federation Press

Critical Assessments of International Criminal Courts


This volume focuses on the operational of international and hybrid criminal courts. Eight expert authors analyse what happened, or didn’t happen, in the major international criminal tribunals (ICTs) of the past 20 years, and make constructive suggestions for improvements.

Four articles concern issues in particular tribunals: Rwanda, Sierra Leone, East Timor and Cambodia. Other articles consider the problems raised by the right to a speedy trial in ICTs and the principle that the ICC should be complementary to, and not competitive with, state domestic courts.

Critical Assessments of International Criminal Courts is a special issue (Volume 27 No 1) of the journal Law in Context.

Table of Contents

Magda Karagiannakis

The Chameleon Court: The Changing Face of the ICC
Michael A Newton

International Tribunals and the Right to a Speedy Trial: Problems and Possible Remedies
David Tolbert and Fergal Gaynor

Justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Are Criticisms Just?
Kirsten MF Keith

Accountability in the Balance: Trials Before the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor 1999-2005
David Cohen

Insufficiently Hybrid: Assessing the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Tim Kelsall

Symbolic, Shambolic or Simply Sui Generis? Reflections from the Field on Cambodia’s Extraordinary Chambers
Michelle Staggs Kelsall

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