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Toward Justice: Neuroscience and Affirmative Defenses at the ICC

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISBN: 978-1-78441-568-6, eISBN: 978-1-78441-567-9

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 3 January 2015

Abstract

The International Criminal Court has institutionalized the concept of individual responsibility for human rights violations. The jurisprudence of international criminal law has developed along with the institution. Affirmative defenses in the mitigation of punishment or avoidance of responsibility are becoming increasingly important in international criminal procedure. We contend that diminished culpability based on advances in neuroscience provides the most challenging set of choices for the international legal community. Of the variety of affirmative defenses, emerging neuroscience-based defense provide the most challenging set of choices for the international legal community. The Esad Landzo case at the ICTY brings these challenges into focus. We discuss the difficult choices the International Criminal Court will have to make to balance the rights and needs of the victims and the due process rights of the accused.

Citation

Shniderman, A.B. and Smith, C.A. (2015), "Toward Justice: Neuroscience and Affirmative Defenses at the ICC", Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 66), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720150000066004

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