The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Research Talent Grant to CICJ/NSCR researchers Barbora Hola, Catrien Bijleveld, and Gabriele Chlevickaite for a PhD project on the credibility and reliability of insider witnesses at international criminal courts and tribunals.
Insider witness testimony is both the strongest and the weakest link in international criminal justice. Only insiders can link high-level perpetrators to international crimes – such as genocide and crimes against humanity. However, their credibility and reliability is often (successfully) contested, obstructing international criminal justice. This study, conducted by Gabriele Chlevickaite and supervised by Barbora Hola and Catrien Bijleveld, will combine legal and empirical mixed-method analyses to identify those witness assessment factors that most strongly affect insider witness’ perceived credibility and reliability, and empirically test a theory-based framework that will innovate empirical international legal scholarship as well as provide guidance for practitioners.
The Research Talent Grant is a responsive mode funding scheme, which offers talented and ambitious young researchers a platform to pursue a scientific career and carry out high-quality PhD research. We are excited welcome our new colleague Gabriele Chlevickaite at the CICJ and NSCR!
More information about the project can be found here.