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'I am the president of Iraq. I do not recognise this court'

Status or Stasis are rhetorical heuristics for illuminating a case of law. It is questions of 'Did he do it?', 'Was he right to do it?' etc.

Today the Guardian prints a clean example of the the rather rare Status Translativus argument, as presented by former president and dictator Saddam Hussein, when he asserts that 'the court is not the right one' and that he thus shouldn't be tried.


Anonymous Casper said...

Same stasis argument - not recognizing the court - was used by former president of Yogoslavia Milosovic defending himself against the charges of genocide and war crimes at the beginning of the trial in Hague.

21/10/05 20:34


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