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

Diane Orentlicher on How the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Has Impacted 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 tribunal’s impact changes over time—and why.

At this event, author Diane Orentlicher will be discussing her new book assessing the record of the tribunal, 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 tribunal 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.


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    Aryeh Neier


    Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations.

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    Diane Orentlicher


    Diane Orentlicher is professor of international law at the Washington College of Law at the American University, Washington, D.C.

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    David Tolbert


    David Tolbert is the former president of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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    Tea Sefer


    Tea Sefer is a Bosnian American peace activist.

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