Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes in the Hague Tribunal / Edition 1

Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes in the Hague Tribunal / Edition 1

by John Hagan
     
 

Called a fig leaf for inaction by many at its inception, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has surprised its critics by growing from an unfunded U.N. Security Council resolution to an institution with more than 1,000 employees and a $100 million annual budget. With Slobodan Milosevic now on trial and more than forty fellow indictees

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Called a fig leaf for inaction by many at its inception, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has surprised its critics by growing from an unfunded U.N. Security Council resolution to an institution with more than 1,000 employees and a $100 million annual budget. With Slobodan Milosevic now on trial and more than forty fellow indictees currently detained, the success of the Hague tribunal has forced many to reconsider the prospects of international justice. John Hagan's Justice in the Balkans is a powerful firsthand look at the inner workings of the tribunal as it has moved from an experimental organization initially viewed as irrelevant to the first truly effective international court since Nuremberg.

Creating an institution that transcends national borders is a challenge fraught with political and organizational difficulties, yet, as Hagan describes here, the Hague tribunal has increasingly met these difficulties head-on and overcome them. The chief reason for its success, he argues, is the people who have shaped it, particularly its charismatic chief prosecutor, Louise Arbour. With drama and immediacy, Justice in the Balkans re-creates how Arbour worked with others to turn the tribunal's fortunes around, reversing its initial failure to arrest and convict significant figures and advancing the tribunal's agenda to the point at which Arbour and her colleagues, including her successor, Carla Del Ponte (nicknamed the Bulldog), were able to indict Milosevic himself. Leading readers through the investigations and criminal proceedings of the tribunal, Hagan offers the most original account of the foundation and maturity of the institution.

Justice in the Balkans brilliantly shows how an international social movement for human rights in the Balkans was transformed into a pathbreaking legal institution and a new transnational legal field. The Hague tribunal becomes, in Hagan's work, a stellar example of how individuals working with collective purpose can make a profound difference.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226312286
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

List of Key Characters
List of Abbreviations
Prologue - Contempt of Court
Introduction - The Prosecution's Theory
1. From Nuremberg
2. Experts on Atrocity
3. The Virtual Tribunal
4. The Real-Time Tribunal
5. The Srebrenica Ghost Team
6. The Foca Rape Case
7. Courting Contempt
Appendix
Notes
Index

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