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Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Edited by Carsten Stahn, Carmel Agius, Serge Brammertz, and Colleen Rohan.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is one the pioneering experiments in international criminal justice. It has left a rich legal, institutional, and non-judicial legacy. This edited collection provides a broad perspective on the contribution of the tribunal to law, memory, and justice. It explores some of the accomplishments, challenges, and critiques of the ICTY, including its less visible legacies.

The book analyses different sites of legacy: the expressive function of the tribunal, its contribution to the framing of facts, events, and narratives of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and investigative and experiential legacies. It also explores lesser known aspects of legal practice (such as defence investigative ethics, judgment drafting, contempt cases against journalists, interpretation and translation), outreach, approaches to punishment and sentencing, the tribunals’ impact on domestic legal systems, and ongoing debates over impact and societal reception. The volume combines voices from inside the tribunal with external perspectives to elaborate the rich history of the ICTY, which continues to be written to this day.

Carsten Stahn is Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at the Leiden Law School and at Queen’s University Belfast.

Carmel Agius is President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and served as the final President of the ICTY.

Serge Brammertz is Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and served as the final Prosecutor of the ICTY.

Colleen Rohan is an international lawyer at Bedford Row and former president of the Association of Defence Counsel for the ICTY.

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