• Julie McBrideEmail author


The final chapter provides a summary of the conclusions reached, and offers final thoughts on a number of ancillary issues. These include the issue of child witness testimony. Studies have shown that children are significantly less capable than adults of retaining memories, which has profound consequences for the reliability of their testimony. In addition, the danger of incurring further trauma by reliving painful experiences in an unfamiliar courtroom setting, combined with the personal risk often involved in testifying, renders the process incredibly sensitive. The Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court have responded to these concerns in differing ways, which are outlined and assessed. The tripartite role played by civil society in the crime development is also discussed. International NGOs lobbied hard for children’s rights during the drafting of the human rights framework and the Rome Statute; acted as a source of valuable evidence for the judgements and decisions undertaken by the two tribunals and exercised ‘considerable moral authority’ in promoting the rights of those accused of war crimes. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the potential deterrent capacity of criminalisation of international law.


International Criminal Rome Statute Trial Chamber Child Soldier Joint Criminal Enterprise 
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