International Criminal Procedure and Disclosure

An Attempt to Better Understand and Regulate Disclosure and Communication at the ICC on the Basis of a Comprehensive and Comparative Theory of Criminal Procedure

International Criminal Procedure and Disclosure
2014. Abb.; 599 S.
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»International Criminal Procedure and Disclosure« analyses the different interpretations of disclosure rules at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and introduces a new disclosure regime, where the parties will be able to actually foresee the consequences of their conduct (i.e. non-disclosure). Through a critical case law analysis Heinze illustrates that an inconsistent classification of the nature of the ICC-process has – via the application of a contextual interpretation – a direct impact on decisions about concrete procedural issues, of which disclosure is the most prominent example. For this very reason Heinze re-classifies the ICC-process and concludes that the ICC is a hierarchically structured international organisation with a »policy-implementing« form of procedure, that nevertheless contains adversarial elements usually found in a system of coordinate authority with a »conflict-solving« form of justice. This classification serves as a »general jurisprudence« in its technical sense, which enables the Judges to conduct a coherent contextual interpretation. The book thereby establishes a connection between legal theory, philosophy, sociology and comparative law on the one hand and a highly relevant procedural question on the other hand.


A. Introduction and Abstract

The Problem – Methodology

B. The Four Issues

Introduction – Truth and the Pre-Trial Chamber – Exculpatory Evidence – Analysis of the Relevant Evidence – General Communication Obligations: Broad or Narrow

C. Case-by-case Approach or Consistency

The Problem of the Case-by-case Approach – So What? Or: Is Consistency Necessary?

D. How to Interpret the Law at the ICC – Methodology of the ICC?

Sources – Interpretation – Finding or Justification

E. Interpretation of the ICC Disclosure Regime

The Applicable Law – Methods of Interpretation – A New Contextual Interpretation – Damaška and ICC Procedure

F. Prosecution Disclosure Before the ICC from a Comparative Perspective with a View to Damaška's Models

Approach – General – Disclosure Obligations Independent from Trial Stages: Exculpatory Material – Disclosure Obligations Independent from Trial Stages: Documents and Tangible Objects – Disclosure Obligations Independent from Trial Stages: Prior Statements of the Prosecution Witnesses and Names of Witnesses – Prosecution Disclosure Prior and at the Confirmation Hearing – Sanctions – Conclusion

G. The Solution

Active Judge – The Parties and the System in General – Communication and Registration – Summary and Concluding Remarks


Subject Index

Press Reviews

»Die Arbeit [...] ist ein beeindruckendes Werk deshalb, weil der Verfasser – konsequent akademisch – zunächst die Notwendigkeit einer theoriegeleiteten Diskussion (hier über Strafverfahrensmodelle) aufzeigt, sich sodann dieser Diskussion in vorbildlicher Tiefe widmet und anschließend zeigt, dass (nur) auf einem breiten und starken theoretischen Fundament tragfähige und konsistente Lösungen für die Anwendung und Auslegung von Rechtsinstituten in der Praxis gefunden werden können.« RA PD Dr. Gerson Trüg, in: HRR-Strafrecht, 5/2015

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