The Impact of Cooperation on Defendants' Rights before the ICC: A Contextual Approach

Ferioli, Maria Laura (2016) The Impact of Cooperation on Defendants' Rights before the ICC: A Contextual Approach, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Istituzioni e mercati, diritti e tutele, 27 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/7719.
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The present study locates the challenges faced by defendants during cooperation proceedings in the context of the unique structural system of the Court, and the inherent tensions and limitations that characterize the ICC’s functioning. The study is divided into two parts. The first part sets out the institutional and jurisdictional context in which cooperation plays out at the ICC. Chapter 2 addresses the ICC dependence on cooperation from an institutional, a political and a normative dimension, showing that compliance with requests for cooperation is ultimately tied to State political willingness and international political pressure; Chapter 3 delves into the connection between cooperation and the complementary jurisdiction of the Court, criticising the ‘positive approach’ to complementarity endorsed by the Prosecutor in order to enhance states cooperation. The second part of the study addresses the impact that cooperation occurring in the above-explained context has on the right to liberty of defendants and on equality of arms. Chapter 4 and 5 analyse the ICC’s law protecting the selected rights, as well as the practice regarding allegations of violations of these rights brought forward by some defendants. It concludes that, so far, the organs of the Court (i.e., the Prosecutor and the judges) have failed to engage with the structural tensions and limitations of the Court with a view of protecting the rights of suspects and accused.

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Tesi di dottorato
Ferioli, Maria Laura
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze giuridiche
Settore disciplinare
Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
international criminal court
Data di discussione
19 Dicembre 2016

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