n Acta Juridica - Introduction

Volume 2016 Number 1
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Recent decades have witnessed an increased role for civil society in international law making and the development of international institutions. The design, legal framework and establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a key example of this trend. Yet, once international institutions are established, there are generally few opportunities and mechanisms for civil society to participate directly within the formal proceedings of such institutions, with participation largely limited to States. In the case of international criminal tribunals, the focus is on the criminal trial, and the prosecution, defence, and in some institutions, victims are the main participants in the process. International criminal law is a relatively new area of international law, and there are key issues at stake. Increasingly, civil society actors are actively involved in promoting various interpretations of international criminal law and its processes in light of their own advocacy goals. However, the desire to increase the representivity and range of actors participating in international criminal processes must be balanced against concerns regarding the appropriateness and transparency of such interventions in a formal criminal process, which must also ensure the fair trial rights of the defence.

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