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The beauty…is that it speaks for itself: geospatial materials as a matter of evidence

Clarke, Kamari Maxine, Kendall, Sara (2019) The beauty…is that it speaks for itself: geospatial materials as a matter of evidence. Law Text Culture, 23 . pp. 91-118. ISSN 1322-9060. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:78717)

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Abstract

This essay takes up the incorporation of geospatial materials into international criminal law and its institutional locations, focusing on the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). We consider how geospatial materials such as satellite imagery are conscripted as legal materials for international criminal trials, and how these relatively novel forms of evidence require interventions of technical knowledge through expert witness testimony. The assemblage of satellite imagery, expert testimony, and submitted reports are subjected to what we call ‘juridical mediation’ – the vetting of materials through interpretive processes that bring them into a relationship with textual forms, such as statutory principles and the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. What appears on the other side of this mediated process is a complex and composite relationship between textual, technological, and hermeneutic forms, troubling the claim that geospatial material ‘speaks for itself’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: international criminal law, geospatial technology
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sara Kendall
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 14:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78717 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kendall, Sara: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7112-1438
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