Guilty Pleas in International Criminal Law: Constructing a Restorative Justice Approach

Guilty Pleas in International Criminal Law: Constructing a Restorative Justice Approach

Guilty Pleas in International Criminal Law: Constructing a Restorative Justice Approach

Guilty Pleas in International Criminal Law: Constructing a Restorative Justice Approach

Synopsis

International crimes, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, are complex and difficult to prove, so their prosecutions are costly and time-consuming. As a consequence, international tribunals and domestic bodies have recently made greater use of guilty pleas, many of which have been secured through plea bargaining. This book examines those guilty pleas and the methods used to obtain them, presenting analyses of practices in Sierra Leone, East Timor, Cambodia, Argentina, Bosnia, and Rwanda.

Although current plea bargaining practices may be theoretically unsupportable and can give rise to severe victim dissatisfaction, the author argues that the practice is justified as a means of increasing the proportion of international offenders who can be prosecuted. She then incorporates principles drawn from the domestic practice of restorative justice to construct a model guilty plea system to be used for international crimes.

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