Brianne McGonigle Leyh’s book Procedural Justice? Victim Participation in International Criminal Proceedings, has received the Book of the Year Award from the American Branch of the International Association of Penal Law / L’Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP).
Founded in 1924, AIDP is the world’s oldest association of specialists in penal law. It is committed to the study of criminal policy and the codification of penal law, comparative criminal law, human rights in the administration of criminal justice, and international criminal law.
Brianne’s book examines the increased attention paid to victims of crime in criminal proceedings by exploring the role of victims in international criminal proceedings. The book is broken up into two parts. The first part covers criminal law theories and the current role afforded to victims in domestic jurisdictions. The second part of the study deals exclusively with international criminal institutions. Her research highlights the complexities of increased participation. It shows that active victim participation raises serious concerns about fair trial protections and, in many cases, has led to the disparate treatment of similarly situated victims. She argues that courts should give sufficient regard for the core objectives of the criminal process and that judges should reject the balancing consciousness by recognizing the primacy of the rights of accused in trial proceedings.
Brianne McGonigle Leyh is an attorney specializing in international criminal law and procedure, human rights, victims’ rights and transitional justice. In 2002 she received her Bachelors degree (BA) from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with a self-crafted major in the study of international law and human rights. She received her Law degree (JD) in 2006 from American University’s Washington College of Law, graduating cum laude, and one year later her Masters degree (MA) in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service. In 2006 she began working for Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights as a PhD candidate and lecturer and since April 2011 holds a research position with this same institute. In addition to her academic work she co-Directs the Netherlands Office of the Public International Law & Policy Group, which is a global pro bono law firm that provides legal assistance to states and non-state entities on the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and the creation and operation of war crimes tribunals. Previously, she has worked as co-Counsel on a legal team representing civil parties before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and has held a Visiting Professional position at the International Criminal Court’s Office of Public Counsel for Victims. Brianne is married with one daughter and currently resides in the Netherlands.