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Michael Scharf - Maintaining Control of War Crimes Trials
25 Oct 2007 -  Mr. Michael Scharf, Professor of Law, Director of the Frederick K. Cox, International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

"Maintaining Control of War Crimes Trials"
Former leaders and their counsel in war crimes trials are especially likely to engage in disruptive behavior in an attempt to derail the proceedings, hoping for a negotiated solution outside the courtroom; to hijack the televised proceedings, hoping to transform themselves through political speeches into martyrs in the eyes of their followers; and to discredit the tribunal by provoking the judges into inappropriately harsh responses which will make the process appear unfair. Drawing from the experience of recent war crimes trials, this lecture provides guidance to jurists on how to maintain control of their courtroom while respecting the rights of the defendant.
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