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Judicializing history: Mass crimes trials and the historian as expert witness in West Germany, Cambodia, and Bangladesh

Gidley, Rebecca and Turner, Mathew 2018, Judicializing history: Mass crimes trials and the historian as expert witness in West Germany, Cambodia, and Bangladesh, Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 52-67, doi: 10.5038/1911-9933.12.3.1566.

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Title Judicializing history: Mass crimes trials and the historian as expert witness in West Germany, Cambodia, and Bangladesh
Author(s) Gidley, Rebecca
Turner, Mathew
Journal name Genocide Studies and Prevention
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 52
End page 67
Total pages 16
Publisher University of South Florida Libraries
Place of publication Tampa, Fl.
Publication date 2018-12
ISSN 1911-0359
1911-9933
Keyword(s) historians
trials
expert witnesses
Frankfurt Auschwitz trial
Germany
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
International Crimes Tribunal
Bangladesh
Summary Henry Rousso warned that the engagement of historians as expert witnesses in trials, particularly highly politicized proceedings of mass crimes, risks a judicialization of history. This article tests Rousso’s argument through analysis of three quite different case studies: the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial; the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; and the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh. It argues that Rousso’s objections misrepresent the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial, while failing to account for the engagement of historical expertise in mass atrocity trials beyond Europe. Paradoxically, Rousso’s criticisms are less suited to the European context that represents his purview, and apply more readily to the highly-politicized crimes tribunals outside the continent. Finally, it contends that the importance of the proceedings themselves should be measured in full against the hypothetically corrupting effects of historians’ engagement as experts in court.
Language eng
DOI 10.5038/1911-9933.12.3.1566
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Field of Research 16 Studies in Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Genocide Studies and Prevention
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30120503

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