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The evaluation of the collected information serving as evidence has always been a hard task for the courts, especially for international criminal courts. This paper examines which are the rules and principles that the International Criminal Court applies when it is called upon to test the trustworthiness and reliability of the evidence presented before it.

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The novelty of the present study lies in the fact that this is a working hypothesis since at present there are no cases before the International Criminal Court examining the information gathered by the UN independent investigative committees. Therefore I tried to set the standards which the International Criminal Court could apply in case it is called upon to examine whether the evidence collected is truthful and reliable. Since the case of the Rohingya in the Myanmar situation is pending before the International Criminal Court it is particularly interesting how the Court will assess the evidence provided by the UN independent investigative mechanism for Myanmar.


Researching and writing about the evaluation of evidence by the International Criminal Court was a great challenge for me as I had to 'predict' if the Court would accept that the information collected by the UN investigative committees is reliable and trustworthy. In fact I felt working like a judge ...

Eleni Micha
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the Evidence by the UN International Investigative Mechanisms: a New Challenge for the International Criminal Court?, International Criminal Law Review, August 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15718123-bja10140.
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