Rwandan Genocide as a Test Case for ICC

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(Boston Review)

The Rwandan experience in particular offers a number of rich lessons about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of the juridical approach to the legacies of violence. First, there is the record of the ICTR court in Arusha: a record that a recent authoritative study summed up as lamentable.” Second, there is the experience of Rwanda’s post-genocide government, in its attempt to prosecute alleged genocide participants in its own national courts–an effort which ran parallel to the ICTR prosecutions. … The Rwandans’ experience is of interest, too, because of what it suggests about the phenomenology of genocide itself.