Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic

Geoffrey Nice writes:

Slobodan Milosevic died in March 2006, a few months before his trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague would have ended. The trial, at which I led the prosecuting team, had already lasted just over four years. Although there could be no verdict, the trial left an immense, and at present largely inaccessible, archive of evidence: audio and video recordings of every witness complete with transcripts, together with a mass of contemporary documents, videos and other exhibits. For lawyers, the trial left behind new jurisprudence, together with procedural innovations that are already in use in trials still going on at the ICTY and other international criminal courts. Only a few journalists followed the proceedings in The Hague on a regular basis. Judith Armatta was one of them, filing regular reports for the Coalition for International Justice from 2003 to 2006. Armatta wanted the tribunal to work. More than that, she, and others like her, were committed to seeing Milosevic and other indictees convicted.

(LRB 16 December 2010)

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