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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Atrocity in Humanitarian Law

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ISBN13: 9780415459471
To be Published: July 2018
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

How do genocide and war crimes survivors become legal witnesses? Some fifty years after the criminal prosecutions of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals of World War Two, we have yet to fully understand how law codifies the traumas of genocides and war crimes. This problem has taken on a new importance following the establishment of the international criminal tribunals in the 1990s, as well as an increasing concern with the appropriate legal resolution of war crimes in post-conflict societies such as Iraq.

Against this background, Testifying to Trauma examines the processes by which victims' narratives of trauma become legal testimony: investigating how the transformation of individual trauma into a codified collective violation has ramifications for individual, collective and legal identities. More specifically, this book addresses the historical and political contexts of the current legal codifications of trauma. And, through detailed attention to the various renderings of time and memory which underwrite the dissonance between personal experiences and legal narratives of trauma, its authors provide an original an analysis and understanding of the technologies through which trauma is codified in international law.

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Evidence, International Criminal Law
1. Genealogies of Codification: The Histories and Politics of the Narration of Trauma
2. Trials of History/Trials in History: Legal Institutions Post-Eichmann
3. Jurisprudence and the Narration of Trauma Post-Eichmann
4. Pre-Trial Procedures and the Production of the ‘Victim-Witness’
5. Trial Practices and the Shaping of Legal Narratives of Trauma
6. In the Time(s) of Law
7. Before and After Law
8. Conclusions