The Perils of Teaching and Practising International Law
Author: Acquaviva, Guido
Source: Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 8, Number 4, 23 September 2010 , pp. 1001-1007(7)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Two recent cases show that teaching and practising international humanitarian law or international criminal law may be at odds with national legal parameters designed to protect national interests either at home or abroad: the US Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project et al., handed down in June 2010, and the Rwandan prosecution on genocide denial charges of a defence counsel practising before the ICTR. The author argues that national authorities, when making decisions intended to safeguard even extremely important domestic concerns, should be more prudent and take into account the exigencies of international relations as well as those under which international judicial institutions operate.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 23 September 2010
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