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Professor Damaska contends that without an understanding of the particular goals and contexts of international criminal adjudication, it is difficult to assess the adequacy of the substantive and procedural law used by international criminal courts. He analyzes the broad array of objectives judges have set for themselves in international criminal courts and show that they are often, in his view, conflicting. He explains what consequences this has for international criminal litigation. His proposed solution is to abandon some of these ambitious goals and to modify others in order to make adjudication in these courts effective.

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