Speaking of Legacy: Toward an Ethos of Modesty at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

39 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016 Last revised: 29 Apr 2016

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Sara Kendall

Kent Law School

Sarah Nouwen

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

This paper is the longer version of an article that will appear in a Symposium in the American Journal of International Law on the legacy of the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Even before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda had closed down, there was already much talk about its legacy. This article demonstrates a sharp contrast between the ambiguities of what is and can be known about the Tribunal's legacy and the certainty of the assertions made in the field and by the Tribunal itself about what it will have been. Building on social theorist Zygmunt Bauman's work on "bids for immortality", we identify the phenomenon of "legacy talk": attempts to consolidate a set of interpretations about the substance and value of what is left prior to the departure of the legator.

Keywords: legacy, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, ICTR, Rwanda, international criminal justice, immortality

JEL Classification: K14, K33, N4, N40, N47

Suggested Citation

Kendall, Sara and Nouwen, Sarah Maria Heiltjen, Speaking of Legacy: Toward an Ethos of Modesty at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (April 1, 2016). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 20/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2770536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2770536

Sara Kendall

Kent Law School ( email )

Eliot College
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Sarah Maria Heiltjen Nouwen (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

10 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

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