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Background

Work of Domestic Judicial Institutions

National courts are often unable, after a conflict, to prosecute crimes and perpetrators, leading to the involvement of international actors. Progressively, with the reconstruction of the State, conducting national proceedings becomes possible. These national prosecutions are important because they target direct perpetrators whilst international tribunals are expected to focus on individuals that the international community would call the "big fish.” National courts are also important because they allow the state to reclaim its history.