Book Launch—Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY’s Impact in Bosnia and Serbia

Since its creation in 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has amassed the most extensive record of any war crimes tribunal in history. While its contributions to international law and institutions have been widely analyzed, the tribunal has also had a profound impact in countries directly affected by its work. It offers a unique case study of how the ICTY’s impact changes over time—and why.

At this event, author Diane Orentlicher will be discussing her new book assessing the record of the ICTY, Some Kind of Justice. The book draws on hundreds of interviews by the author, and highlights the perspectives of Bosnian and Serbian citizens, while drawing on a rich body of inter-disciplinary research about the Tribunal’s local impact.

While most analyses of the ICTY have focused on its global impact (for example, its influential jurisprudence), Some Kind of Justice engages with the Tribunal’s most important audience—the former Yugoslavia.


  • Diane Orentlicher is professor of international law at the Washington College of Law at the American University, Washington D.C. 
  • David Tolbert is the former president of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • Tea Sefer is a Bosnian American peace activist.
  • Aryeh Neier (moderator) is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations.  
Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 6:008:00 p.m.