Humanity and Its Beneficiaries : Footing and Stance-Taking in an International Criminal Trial
D’hond, S. (2019). Humanity and Its Beneficiaries : Footing and Stance-Taking in an International Criminal Trial. Signs and Society, 7(3), 427-453. https://doi.org/10.1086/705279
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© 2019 by Semiosis Research Center at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
This article elucidates the role of metapragmatic devices like footing and stance-taking in trial hearings before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. It focuses on the case of Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi, a Malian Islamist found guilty of the 2012 destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu. We examine how the prosecution and defense reflexively formulate the hearing as part of a wider text trajectory and how they align personae across participation frameworks by locating the current courtroom event into a wider dialogical field. A careful inspection of these metapragmatic devices reveals how trial participants navigate the multiple tensions facing this emergent, amalgamated form of criminal adjudication, which lacks a coercive apparatus of its own and still bears the traces of the political act of its institution.
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