Communication Between Victims’ Lawyers and Their Clients

  • Kinga Tibori-SzabóEmail author
  • Barbara Bianchini
  • Anushka Sehmi
  • Silke Studzinsky
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 11)


This chapter looks at the goals and framework of communication between lawyers representing victims and their clients, with a view to offering specific and practical advice for initiating, maintaining and improving that communication. It will first look at the goals and framework of communication between representatives and victims, and how such goals can be set. Then it will address the content of the communication from lawyers to victims and vice versa, namely how victims should be informed, consulted and involved throughout their representation. Thirdly, the chapter will elaborate on the manner and methods through which communication should be achieved. Practical examples based on past ECCC, ICC and STL experience will be offered throughout the chapter. Although its main purpose is to address communication between victims’ lawyers and their clients, the chapter can also be useful to registry officials, Prosecution and Defence lawyers, as well as judges and legal officers involved in the victim participation process.


Communication Non-verbal communication Verbal communication Information Consultation Trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kinga Tibori-Szabó
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Bianchini
    • 1
  • Anushka Sehmi
    • 1
  • Silke Studzinsky
    • 1
  1. 1.The HagueThe Netherlands

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