© 2012 – Routledge
336 pages | 7 B/W Illus.
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.
'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)