“Review of ‘The President on Trial: Prosecuting Hissène Habré'”, Valérie Arnould (Egmont, Belgium)

Over recent years, hybrid courts have experienced a renaissance of sorts. After their initial popularity in the early 2000s, when hybrid courts were touted as a promising midway between distant international tribunals and weak domestic courts, the enthusiasm for hybrid courts waned over their perceived under-performance. There has since been a re-emergence of interest in hybrid courts, particularly in contexts where such courts can act to complement the International Criminal Court’s limited jurisdiction. The Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC), set up in 2013 to investigate crimes committed during the repressive rule of Hissène Habré in Chad, has undoubtedly been the most high-profile of this new generation of hybrid courts.

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