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An arresting event

Assassination within the purview of international criminal law
WithMichelle Burgis-Kasthala

This chapter uses the case of Hariri's killing and subsequent international reactions to explore how the professional field of international criminal law (ICL) disciplines and directs the gaze of its scholars and practitioners. The UNSC duly responded by passing Resolution 1595, which established the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) with the support of the Lebanese government at the time. The chapter explores the ICL professional community, understood as composed of scholars and practitioners who share a common intellectual and professional identity. Amid the complexity of the Lebanese domestic and regional system, most members of the ICL professional community have retreated to the sturdy narrative bulwark of decontextualization and 'judicial reductionism' as perfected by the STL in its recent jurisprudence. Finally it offers how to engage with such narrative structures by considering the role of critique for the field of ICL through a turn to description of what Anne Orford characterizes as that which is 'already visible'.