Does social science expertise matter at international criminal courts?
Social science experts are increasingly called by the defense or prosecution in international criminal trials, and observers have begun to evaluate their reception in the courtroom.
An analysis of over 450 expert appearances shows that international courts prefer scientific methods. However, when social scientists are called, international courts favor qualitative approaches.
Comparing two international hate speech trials, it becomes apparent that judges accept language experts because they do not challenge judicial sovereignty and the status hierarchy of the courtroom.