In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases

In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases, June 2016, Impunity Watch

Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 16-17

77 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2016

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Thomas Obel Hansen

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: September 15, 2016

Abstract

The study critically examines victim participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases, exploring the assumed benefits and impact of participation, the challenges faced by victims seeking to participate, as well as the broader institutional challenges facing judges and lawyers as they attempted to operationalise a victim participation regime within international criminal proceedings. A common thread running through the analysis demonstrates that the benefits and challenges of victim participation cannot be understood in isolation from the political and social context in which it takes place. The report shows how challenges relating to taking the cases forward and the hostile attitude of the Kenyan authorities towards the ICC have significantly undermined the goals of victim participation.

Keywords: Victim participation, international criminal court, Kenya

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Thomas Obel, In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases (September 15, 2016). In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases, June 2016, Impunity Watch; Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 16-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839325

Thomas Obel Hansen (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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