This chapter presents the main goal of this study which is to establish the scope of the amendments on the human rights laws and the resulting procedural system in enhancing the protection of the rights of defendants. It clarifies the general scope of human rights protection before international criminal courts and highlights problems which may cause infringements of the rights of individuals, thereby putting in jeopardy the principle of ‘fair trial’. It suggests possible means of addressing such problems within the international criminal justice system. It discusses the extension of the notion of fair trial to international criminal proceedings. This chapter also presents the types of relationship existing between human rights monitoring systems and international criminal courts. It examines up to what extent these accusatorial and inquisitorial elements in international criminal procedure impose upon the rights of individuals.
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