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Title: Victims, professionalisation and international justice : a critical examination of the civil party system in the extraordinary chambers in the courts of Cambodia
Author: Killean, Rachel Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 1203
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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While international(ised) criminal courts have often been declared as bringing ‘justice’ to victims, their procedures and outcomes historically showed little reflection of the needs and interests of victims themselves. This situation has changed significantly over the last sixty years; victims are increasingly acknowledged as having various ‘rights’, while their need for justice has been deployed as a means of justifying the establishment of international(ised) criminal courts. However, one strong critique which has emerged is that international crimes continue to be viewed as being first and foremost a breach of an abstract legal order, with the wrong committed against particular individuals being of secondary' importance Thus, while the symbolic victim has developed as a key figure in legitimating practices, the ability of international(ised) criminal courts to deliver ‘justice to victims' remains contested amongst practitioners and academics alike. This thesis seeks to contribute to this debate through an examination of the role of victims as civil parties within the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. It seeks to make three contributions: (1) utilising a multi-perspective, actor-oriented analysis, it sheds light on the way in which both the ECCC and the role of victims within it were shaped by specific political economic and legal contexts, (2) it provides an err pineal contribution to the discussion surrounding the perceived ‘gap* between the legitimising value of the abstract ‘imagined victim', and the extent to which victims are able to further their interests within international criminal courts; (3) it analyses the impact, it any, that victim participation has had on the ECCC’s ability to deliver ‘justice’ and garner legitimacy in the eyes of civil parties In order to further its theoretical analysis, it draws on a number of theories, including critical victimology, procedural justice, legitimacy and judicial behaviour
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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