The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice

Hardcover | April 27, 2014

EditorAmal Alamuddin, Nidal Nabil Jurdi, David Tolbert

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This book provides a full analytical overview of the establishment and functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the newest and most controversial of the UN-sponsored international criminal courts. In 2005, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri was assassinated in a huge blast thatreverberated across Lebanon and the region. The Tribunal was established with a mandate to try the perpetrators of the Hariri killing, as well as those responsible for other killings that are "connected" to this core crime. Individuals associated with the Hezbollah group have been indicted to betried in the court in The Hague - but in their absence as their locations are unknown. The Tribunal is the UN's first attempt at addressing terrorism in an international criminal court, and the first attempt to set up international trials following crimes committed in the Middle East region. The court's narrow mandate and unique procedures have led many to question what kind ofprecedent it will set in a volatile region. This book looks at how the court was established, its foundational principles based on the Statute of the International Criminal Court and Lebanese domestic law, and the possible further development of its case law. It provides an authoritative guide tothe procedure of the Tribunal,the status of the Registry, the rights of suspects and accused, trials in absentia, and the regulation of the conduct of counsel, drawing on comparisons to other international courts. The authors include those involved in setting up the court, prosecutors, defence counsel for the suspects, as well as judges and academic commentators who are experts on the issues covered in the book. They provide a probing insight into how the Tribunal came into being, its challenges,controversies, and its achievements to date.

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This book provides a full analytical overview of the establishment and functioning of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the newest and most controversial of the UN-sponsored international criminal courts. In 2005, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri was assassinated in a huge blast thatreverberated across Lebanon and the region. The T...

Amal Alamuddin is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London, specialising in international law, human rights, criminal law and extradition. She appears in both English and international courts and provides written advice to individuals and governments. Amal has recently acted as adviser to Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687455

ISBN - 13:9780199687459

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Table of Contents

1. David Tolbert: Introduction2. Nicolas Michel: Establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon3. HE Bahije Tabbarah: Legal Nature of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon4. Amal Alamuddin: The relationship between the UN investigation commission and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Problems of Principle and Practice5. Jean-Marc Sorel: The Court's Subject Matter Jurisdiction: the Crime of Terrorism in Lebanese and International Law6. Philippa Webb: Individual Criminal Responsibility under the Statute7. Nidal Jurdi: The Tribunal's Unique Rules of Procedure8. Goran Sluiter: Cooperation from States and Individuals9. Judge Howard Morisson: The Participation of Victims in the Judicial Process10. John Jones: Protecting the Rights of Suspects and Accused11. David Tolbert and Evelyn Anoya: Challenges for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Registry12. Paola Gaeta: The Legality and Fairness of Trials in Absentia13. Daryl Mundis and Pascal Chenivesse: Ethical Regulation of Counsel14. Harmen Van der Wilt: The Legacy of the Tribunal