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The Psychological Assessment of the Defendant in the Ongwen Case: An Interview with Prof. Joop de Jong

Marina Fortuna, based on an interview with Prof. Joop de Jong

Following up from a previous discussion on the psychological assessment of the defendant in the Ongwen case, this blog post shares the observations of Prof. Joop de Jong, one of the mental health professionals who assessed Dominic Ongwen’s mental state. Prof. de Jong identified three main challenges posed by the case, which may come up in the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) future case law: (1) the impact of the cultural beliefs on the determination of the Defendant’s mental health, (2) the selection of mental health experts and the ways in which the reports of the experts can be challenged and (3) the problem of reaching the conclusion on the mental health state at the time of the commission of the crimes.

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