The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Law and Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Amal Alamuddin, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, London,Nidal Nabil Jurdi, Lecturer in International Law and Organizations, American University of Beirut,David Tolbert, President, International Center for Transitional Justice

Amal Alamuddin is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London, specialising in international law, human rights, criminal law and extradition. She appears in both English and international courts and provides written advice to individuals and governments. Amal has recently acted as adviser to Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and Arab League on Syria; as counsel to the government of Cambodia in a territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice; and as legal advisor to the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Bahrain in connection with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) investigating alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain. Amal also represented the head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, in extradition proceedings in the UK and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuila Tymonshenko before the European Court of Human Rights. Amal previously served as legal adviser to the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and as legal adviser to the head of UNIIIC in Beirut.

Nidal Nabil Jurdi holds a PhD in International Criminal Law and Human rights from University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Ireland. He lectures on International Law and Organizations at the American University of Beirut and is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Canada, for the academic year 2013-2014. He is also a Human Rights officer at the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has published a number of academic articles, and books on the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) and human rights in Lebanon and the MENA region.

David Tolbert is currently president of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Previously he served as registrar (assistant secretary-general) of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and prior to that was assistant secretary-general and special expert to the United Nations secretary-general on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Tolbert served as deputy chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He had previously been the deputy registrar of the ICTY and at an earlier time served at the ICTY as chef de cabinet to President Gabrielle Kirk McDonald and Senior Legal Adviser, Registry, serving a total of 9 years at the ICTY. He also represented the ICTY in the discussions leading up to the creation of the ICC and the Rome Conference and served as an expert to the ICC Preparatory Committee Inter-Sessional meetings.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, David Tolbert
2. Establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Nicolas Michel
3. Legal Nature of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, HE Bahije Tabbarah
4. The relationship between the UN investigation commission and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Problems of Principle and Practice, Amal Alamuddin
5. The Court's Subject Matter Jurisdiction: the Crime of Terrorism in Lebanese and International Law, Jean-Marc Sorel
6. Individual Criminal Responsibility under the Statute, Philippa Webb
7. The Tribunal's Unique Rules of Procedure, Nidal Jurdi
8. Cooperation from States and Individuals, Goran Sluiter
9. The Participation of Victims in the Judicial Process, Judge Howard Morisson
10. Protecting the Rights of Suspects and Accused, John Jones
11. Challenges for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Registry, David Tolbert and Evelyn Anoya
12. The Legality and Fairness of Trials in Absentia, Paola Gaeta
13. Ethical Regulation of Counsel, Daryl Mundis and Pascal Chenivesse
14. The Legacy of the Tribunal, Harmen Van der Wilt

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