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date: 22 November 2019

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This chapter examines the role of the international prosecutor, which is defined by the tension between independence and accountability. It discusses the structural independence of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the prosecutor herself from both external political actors and other organs of the tribunal. It then considers the prosecutor’s functional independence—the freedom to decide which situations to investigate, what suspects to indict, what charges to bring, and how to present the case against the defendant at trial.

Keywords: international prosecutors, structural independence, accountability, Office of the Prosecutor

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