CIPS Policy Brief No. 19, July 2012

  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has been very successful in bringing many accused to justice, in leading to the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court and in demonstrating that holding leaders accountable is possible.
  • However, there is considerable dissonance between the ICTY’s judicial achievements in The Hague and attitudes and perceptions of the Tribunal in the region.
  • In order for the Tribunal’s legacy to have lasting impact, extensive efforts must be made to leverage the record of judicial success in order to ensure that its work is not ‘lost in translation’.

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Rachel Kerr is a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for International Policy Studies and a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London.