The Closing of the ICTY and its Affect on Justice and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia

March 6, 2008

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M. Cherif Bassiouni

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was established by the United Nations Security Council in 1993 to investigate and prosecute crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia since 1991.  While the ICTY has commenced proceedings against more than 100 alleged perpetrators, some of the most grevious abusers of human rights remain at large. Many of the current ICTY cases have been remanded to national courts.

This special World Beyond the Headlines event explores how the impending closing of the ICTY will affect justice and accountability in the Balkans including: the integration of international human rights standards on a national level, the challenges and opportunities confronting the domestic courts and the role of the media/civil society.

Distinguished panelists include: M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute; Gordana Igric, Regional Network Director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN); and Judge Shireen Avis Fisher, International Judge to the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Human Rights Program, the Center for Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEREES) at the University of Chicago in partnership with Amnesty International USA Program for International Justice and Accountability.

(c) 2008 - Unversity of Chicago.  The World Beyond the Headlines series is a collaborative project of the Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Its aim is to bring scholars and journalists together to consider major international issues and how they are covered in the media.

 

Recorded Thursday, March 06, 2008 at International House.