1st Edition

Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law From Speakers' Corner to War Crimes

Edited By Predrag Dojcinovic Copyright 2012
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law addresses the emerging jurisprudence and international law concerning propaganda in war crimes investigations and trials. The role of propaganda in the perpetration of atrocities has emerged as a central theme in the war crimes trials in the past century. The Nuremburg trials initially, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda currently, have all substantially contributed to the development of international law in this respect. Investigating and exploring the areas between lawful and unlawful propaganda, they have dealt with specific mechanisms and consequences of the phenomenon within the perspective and framework of their international legal mandates. But the cultural codes and argots through which propaganda operates have vexed international courts struggling to assign responsibility to the instigators of mass crimes, as subtle, but potentially fatal, communications often remain undetected, misinterpreted or even dismissed as entirely irrelevant. With contributions from leading international scholars and legal practioners, Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law pursues a comparative approach to this problem: providing an overview of the current state of the theory of propaganda in the social sciences; exploring this theory in the legal analysis of war crimes and related proceedings; and, finally, offering a study of the prosecution of propaganda-related crimes in international law, and the newly emerging jurisprudence of war crimes propaganda cases.

    PART 1: The indictable propaganda: a bottom-up perspective, NENAD FIS ER; 2. Word scene investigations: toward a cognitive linguistic approach to the criminal analysis of open source evidence in war crimes cases, PREDRAG DOJC INOVIC; 3. Propaganda as a crime under international humanitarian law:theories and strategies for prosecutors, Dan Saxon; PART 2: 4. The challenges of understanding Kinyarwanda key terms used to instigate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, MATHIAS RUZINDANA; 5: Propaganda, hate speech and mass killings, ANTHONY OBERSCHALL; PART 3: Hitler's notorious Jew-baiter: the prosecution of Julius Streicher, MARGARET EASTWOOD; 7. Propaganda in the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, MICHAEL KEARNEY; 8: The ghost of causation in international speech crime cases, SUSAN BENESCH; 9: Crimes of atrocity, the problem of punishment and the situ of law, LAWRENCE DOUGLAS.


    Predrag Dojčinović has worked as an editor of academic and non-academic journals, professional reviewer and lecturer. He has authored numerous articles and has edited several volumes on the cultural and political aspects of the 1991-99 series of armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Since 1998, Dojcinovic has been working in the linguistic, analytical and research section of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

    'Through the range of perspectives, this book provides lawyers with an important introduction to social science concepts and highlights how understanding the linguistic and cultural context is axiomatic for effective investigation and prosecution of hate speech and propaganda. The edited volume provides a full picture of the war crimes process from investigation, expert testimony to judgment, and is a welcome contribution to the field given the central role propaganda plays in many war crimes trials.' - Keina Yoshida, London School of Economics, UK for Journal of International Criminal Justice (2013)