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The paradox of dissent: judicial dissent and the projects of international criminal justice

Mistry, Hemi

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Additional opinions — dissenting opinions, separate opinions, declarations, and permutations thereof — are a familiar, if sometimes controversial, aspect of the international jurisprudential landscape. Given that the controversy provoked by additional opinions focuses on their perceived impact on the authority of judgments and decisions of international tribunals, and even the authority of the institutions themselves, additional opinions go to the heart of the manner in, and effectiveness by, which international tribunals discharge their functions. Yet, particularly in the context of international criminal justice, additional opinions have often been overlooked as a subject of critical engagement in their own right. Therefore, the purpose of this article is bring into focus the practice of judicial dissent, that is, the expression of strongly held and fundamental disagreement by judges through the vehicle of the additional opinion, and to stimulate a wider critical engagement with dissentient judicial practice. Rather than providing a review of the orthodox and doctrinal arguments in favour and against the publication of additional opinions, this article offers a reading of five prominent examples of judicial dissent in international criminal law and suggests how this practice could be conceived from the perspective of the functions that international criminal adjudication is expected to serve.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of International Criminal Justice
Print ISSN 1478-1387
Electronic ISSN 1478-1387
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Mistry, H. (in press). The paradox of dissent: judicial dissent and the projects of international criminal justice. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 13(3), https://doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqv019
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqv019
Publisher URL http://jicj.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/3/449
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the Journal of International Criminal Justice following peer review. The version of record Mistry, Hemi (2015) The paradox of dissent: judicial dissent and the projects of international criminal justice. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 13 (3). pp. 449-474. ISSN 1478-1387 , is available online at http://jicj.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/3/449

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