Cornelia Vismann

The media-based arming of the courts has been encouraged by a tendency within the justice system itself, a move toward tribunalization. Many of the most recent international courts, such as that at The Hague, have their origins in the tribunal. Tribunals occur when the extant justice system is not appropriate; during transitional periods, after a change in government, and so on. Ruti Teitel calls these tribunal processes “transitional justice,” processes in which the illegality of an overthrown system is investigated. From their beginnings, these tribunals have shown a tremendous affinity for the medium of television, because they depend on a public audience for their very existence. In the international courts that originate from the tribunal, then, the presence of cameras has already been written into the architecture.

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