Evidence in cases of mass criminality

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The previous chapter enumerated the salient characteristics of investigating complex crimes, characteristics that distinguish these crimes from more conventional crimes and require specialized approaches. This chapter will focus on the complex criminal investigations of alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, their anatomy and the methodology for investigating those most responsible. Conducting an international criminal investigation is a complex and time-consuming undertaking. It seeks to achieve the same goal as any competent national investigation, that is, to identify and collect all relevant and reliable evidence about an event or series of events. It seeks to do this most often in the setting of ongoing unrest. One reason international crimes are so complex is that they are most often the product of collective action; the product of a group of people in which individuals make different contributions to the crime. While some in this collective may be the direct perpetrators of crimes and be physically present during their commission, others may be remote perpetrators, participating in ways that are not immediately evident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCriminological Approaches to International Criminal Law
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781107446700
ISBN (Print)9781107060036
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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  • General Social Sciences


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