Introduction: Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice

  • Kinga Tibori-SzabóEmail author
  • Megan Hirst
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 11)


This introductory chapter sets out the purpose and structure of this book. It contends that victim participation in international criminal justice is a novel concept with a practice that is still evolving. It also states that the purpose of this book is to offer a guide to the law and practice of victims’ roles before the ICC, ECCC and STL. It is a book written mainly by practitioners and it is addressed to those who work or wish to work in the field. The last sections of this introductory chapter explain the structure and the terminology used.


Formally recognised victim participants Practice Ad hoc victim engagement Terminology 


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© T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.LondonUK

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