Cornell International Law Journal


Frederic Megret


Sovereignty, International Law, Judiciary, Representation, Criminal Justice, article, International offenses, Defense (Criminal procedure)


In this article in the Symposium on Milosevic & Hussein on Trial, the author proposes a critical & normative "representational theory" of what international criminals should be tried by in a hybrid tribunal framework that surpasses complementarity & primacy, & mitigates the lack of dimension in purely international or domestic trials. A discussion of universality issues regarding sovereignty & complementarity, & the complications of "ownership" in international crimes supports the assertion that the hybrid nature of the theory as a representation of crimes & acknowledgement of the affected communities. Comparative analysis between complementarity & hybridity are applied to the cases of Milosevic & Hussein to support the argument that, if the goals of international criminal justice are to give the best "representation" possible, a hybrid of international & domestic trials must be applied to the two trials. J. Harwell

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