05 May 2010 by Heikelina Verrijn

International judges and prosecutors claim to do their utmost to ensure that the practice of international criminal law satisfies fundamental principles. In practice, however, those principles often take second place to notions of human and humanitarian rights. 

16 February 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

For decades, international lawyers have wrangled over the question - What is terrorism? Is it an act designed to spread terror? Does it have a political motive? Does it involve an attack on a few people or alot of people? Since 1914, philosophers have pondered whether the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Sarajevo can be classified as an ‘act of terror’. More recently, the September 11 attacks in the US, have brought the issue of international terrorism to the forefront of debate, and with it the question of its very definition. 

25 May 2011 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina is safe from attack by the Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik, following a deal EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton achieved with the Bosnian Serb leadership on 13 May.

At the end of this month, EU foreign ministers will discuss Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

20 July 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Richard Karegyesa leads the prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is finalising its mandate. 

A medical examining room at the ICTY (Photo: Flickr/ICTY)
21 April 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

The on-going controversy over the provisional release of Serbian ultra nationalist Vojislav Seselj [IJT-179] from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has recast the spotlight on how courts deal with ailing accused. It also begets a fundamental question: what determines if someone is fit to stand trial?

Supporters await the arrival of Vojislav Seselj at Belgrade airport after his provisional release in November 2014 (Photo: Joost van Egmond)
07 April 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

The Yugoslavia tribunal announced a new twist in its drawn-out case against Vojislav Seselj, when the appeals chamber ordered the trial chamber to revoke the provisional release of the firebrand Serbian politician. But it is unclear how the court might be able secure his return.

06 April 2012 by -

Twenty years after the longest siege in modern history, the public remains unfamiliar with the basic facts established by the trials that followed - despite two verdicts in The Hague and more than a dozen in Bosnian courts.

by Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Sarajevo

15 February 2012 by -

The international community has been urged to intervene, one more time, by President of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Meddzida Kreso, to save the institution. It hosts the War Crimes Chamber, set up to try cases in Bosnia in accordance with practice at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

By Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Sarajevo

07 December 2011 by -

The primary purpose of the retrial of Ramush Haradinaj, as proclaimed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its appeal judgement in July, should have been to hear testimonies of two “key” witnesses who proved unwilling to testify in the original trial in 2007.

By Radosa Milutinovic, The Hague

23 May 2012 by -

A day before their appeals hearing, people were praying for Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac in the local church in Pakostani, the town where Gotovina’s family resides. The two contested their prison terms of 24 and 18 years respectively before the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 14 May.

By Drago Hedl, Zagreb