Language and the Right to Fair Hearing in International Criminal Trials

Authors: Namakula, Catherine S.

  • Pioneering work establishing language fair trial rights in international law
  • Explores a longstanding but untreated subject that forms the core foundation for justice
  • Illuminates, for the first time, the complexities of translation in a multilingual trial process
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Language and the Right to Fair Hearing in International Criminal Trials explores the influence of the dynamic factor of language on trial fairness in international criminal proceedings. By means of empirical research and jurisprudential analysis, this book explores the implications that conducting a trial in more than one language can have for the right to fair trial. It reveals that the language debate is as old as international criminal justice, but due to misrepresentation of the status of language fair trial rights in international law, the debate has not yielded concrete reforms.

Language is the core foundation for justice. It is the means through which the rights of the accused are secured and exercised. Linguistic complexities such as misunderstandings, translation errors and cultural distance among participants in international criminal trials affect courtroom communication, the presentation and the perception of the evidence, hence jeopardizing the foundations of a fair trial.

The author concludes that language fair trial rights are priority rights situated in the minimum guarantees of fair criminal trial; the obligation of the court to ensure fair trial or accord the accused person a fair hearing also includes the duty to ensure they can understand and be understood.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Namakula, Catherine S.

    Pages 1-4

  • The Language Debate in International Criminal Justice

    Namakula, Catherine S.

    Pages 5-44

  • Rights or Privileges: Evaluating the Framework of Protection of Fair Trial Rights in International Criminal Law Practice

    Namakula, Catherine S.

    Pages 45-69

  • Language Rights in the Minimum Guarantees of Fair Criminal Trial

    Namakula, Catherine S.

    Pages 71-99

  • Understanding the Role of Translation in Trial Fairness

    Namakula, Catherine S.

    Pages 101-141

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-37741-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language and the Right to Fair Hearing in International Criminal Trials
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01451-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01451-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01450-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37741-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 146
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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