The Concept of Victims within International Criminal Law

PluriCourts Lunch Seminar with Julie Crutchley.


The chapter presents the background to the ground-breaking development of the victim regime within the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Firstly, it deconstructs the position held by victims within criminal justice systems, analysing the debates within victimology.  Building upon the aim of the drafters of the Rome Statute to seek a positive engagement with victims and their unique perspective of the judicial process it examines the potential for this. Finally it recognises how the claim of centrality for victims in international criminal law is faced with deepening challenges, both from the conceptualisation of victims and victimhood and the ‘theft of conflicts’ which leads to the court producing ‘ideal’ victims or speaking on behalf of ‘the victims’. 

The presentation will include a number of points from the jurisprudential analysis of the role of victims in the ICC and hybrid tribunals, included within the subsequent chapter of my thesis. 


PluriCourts Lunch Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions. The seminars are open to everyone.

Tags: Criminal law
Published Jan. 24, 2020 11:40 AM - Last modified Jan. 24, 2020 11:40 AM