On March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued one of its most consequential decisions to date. Following a five-year trial, the chamber convicted the former president of the Serb republic Radovan Karadžić of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. With this verdict, the tribunal officially recognized Karadžić’s role as the mastermind of systematic expulsion and extermination of non-Serb populations during the war in Bosnia that left 100,000 people dead and more than 2 million displaced. In the wake of the verdict, David Tolbert will discuss the significance of the ICTY as the first international tribunal since Nuremberg and its impact on human rights and rule of law in the Balkans. He will address the expectations for the tribunal, what it actually achieved and how its legacy may (or may not) be relevant to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as other situations where transitional justice measures are being implemented or considered.
This event is presented by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is co-sponsored by the School of Law and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.