Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in International Criminal Justice: Toward Bridging the Divide

University of the Pacific Law Review 48(2)

16 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2017

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Leigh Swigart

Brandeis University - International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

What kinds of challenges arise when the persons administering international criminal justice proceedings have little knowledge of the languages, worldviews, and cultural practices of those appearing before the court? What are the difficulties that institutions of international criminal justice themselves encounter as they pursue their critical work with a staff representing a broad array of national, cultural, linguistic and legal backgrounds? This article explores these and related questions, focusing on the experiences of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Special Court for Sierra Leone, and International Criminal Court.

Keywords: international criminal justice; ICC; multilingualism; multiculturalism

Suggested Citation

Swigart, Leigh, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in International Criminal Justice: Toward Bridging the Divide (September 2016). University of the Pacific Law Review 48(2), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2955991

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