SáCouto 2014 Court

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Authors: Susana SáCouto and Katherine Cleary

Title: The Adjudication Process and Reasoning at the International Criminal Court

Subtitle: The Lubanga Trial Chamber Judgment, Sentencing and Reparations

In: Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the 21st Century

Edited by: Yves Haeck and Eva Brems

Place: Dordrecht

Publisher: Springer

Year: 2014

Pages: 131-155

Series: Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice 30

ISBN-13: 9789400775985 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9789400775992 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Congolese History | Prosecution: Trials / International Criminal Court - Types: Child Abuse, Wartime Rape / Second Congo War

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Susana SáCouto, Washington College of Law, American University

Abstract: »The article analyzes certain aspects of the first judgment issued by the International Criminal Court, as well as the accompanying decisions relating to sentencing and the principles according to which reparations will be awarded to victims of the convicted individual, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Specifically, the article addresses: (i) the considerable amount of time that elapsed between the close of trial and the issuance of the judgment in the Lubanga Case; (ii) the Trial Chamber’s failure to adequately clarify in its judgment certain aspects of the crimes with which Mr. Lubanga was charged; (iii) the lack of clarification in the sentencing decision regarding the relationship among factors relevant to the sentence and the means by which the majority of the Chamber reached its conclusion that 14 years was the appropriate length of the sentence; and (iv) the purpose and timing of the Chamber’s decision relating to reparations. In sum, the article finds that, while the overall approach of Trial Chamber I in presiding over the Court’s first trial is to be commended, and the judgment is largely sound, the Court and its constituents – including the parties, affected communities and the broader public – may be better served if future Trial Chambers strive to deliver judgments within a shorter period of time, while also ensuring that their reasoning on the crimes charged is fully explained. Furthermore, future decisions on sentencing will benefit from greater clarity. Finally, Trial Chambers in other cases should reconsider whether it is wise to issue any decisions on reparations prior to a final judgment on the guilt of the accused.« [Source: Springer]

Wikipedia: International Criminal Court, Second Congo War, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Added: November 30, 2013 | Last updated: November 30, 2013