A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court

A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court

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by Jim Freedman
  • english-from-canada
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • legal
  • narrative
  • war

A lively narrative account of the first case to appear at the International Criminal Court, A Conviction in Question documents the trial of Union of Congolese Patriots leader and warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Although Dyilo’s crimes, including murder, rape, and the forcible conscription of child soldiers, were indisputable, legal wrangling and a clash of personalities caused the trial to be prolonged for an unprecedented six years. This book offers an accessible account of the rapid evolution of international law and the controversial trial at the foundation of the International Criminal Court.

The first book to thoroughly examine Dyilo’s trial, A Conviction in Question looks at the legal issues behind each of the trial’s critical moments, including the participation of Dyilo’s victims at the trial and the impact of witness protection. Through eye-witness observation and analysis, Jim Freedman shows that the trial suffered from all the problems associated with ordinary criminal law trials, and uses Dyilo’s case to further comment on the role of international courts in a contemporary global context.


Jim Freedman, author

Jim Freedman is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Western University.


  • Freedman delivers a rich and comprehensive account of the prosecution of warlord Thomas Lubanga. Including lively trial quotes, A Conviction in Question is gripping and accessible. - Mark Drumbl, School of Law, Washington and Lee University
  • While containing a startling amount of scholarly content, A Conviction in Question reads like a well-told detective story, and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting, turning page after page to get to the next revealing detail. - Joanna Quinn, Department of Political Science, Western University

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: University of Toronto Press

email: mmccormack@utorontopress.com

website: https://utorontopress.com/

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 240

publication date: 11/01/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book