This book addresses the conceptual and evidentiary issues relating to the treatment of propaganda in international criminal law.

Bringing together an interdisciplinary range of scholars, researchers and legal practitioners from Africa, Australia, Europe and the United States, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the nature, position and role of the concept of propaganda in mass atrocity crimes trials. A sequel to the earlier Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law: From Speakers’ Corner to War Crimes (Routledge, 2011) this book is the first to synthesize the knowledge, procedures and methods of international criminal law with the social cognitive sciences. Including a comprehensive overview of the most relevant case law, jurisprudence and scientific studies, the book also offers a series of practical insights and strategies for both academics and legal professionals.

An invaluable resource for those working in the area of international criminal law, this book will also be of interest to academics, practitioners and students with relevant interests in legal theory, politics, linguistics and psychology.   

chapter |24 pages


part I|2 pages

Law to science

chapter Chapter 1|36 pages

The cognitive and linguistic implications of ISIS propaganda

Proving the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide *

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Putting the offense of ordering in order

Toward a theory of inchoate liability

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Prosecuting speech acts

An examination of the trial of the Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang *

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Beyond takedown

Expanding the tool kit for responding to online hate *

part II|2 pages

Science to law

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

From creativity to conflict

Semantic innovation in the Bosnian Serb national movement of the 1990s

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages

In the mind of the crime

Proving the mens rea of genocidal intent in the words of Ratko Mladić and other members of the joint criminal enterprise *

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

How dangerous propaganda works

chapter Chapter 12|21 pages

Speaking the unspoken

Syrian propaganda, incitement and mass violence in response to the 2011 protests