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Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday ordered Serbia's justice ministry to return Vojislav Seselj [JURIST news archive], ailing alleged war criminal, to his detention cell immediately. Seselj had been held in The Hague on charges of leading ethnic Serbs to persecute non-Serbs … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Dutch appellate court ruled Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans, who ordered Bosnian Muslims away from a UN peacekeeping compound during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], will not be prosecuted. Karremans, along with two other soldiers, faced charges for forcing three Bosnian Muslim men to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday indicted [press release] 10 former Bosnian-Serb soldiers for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. The men are accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing 20 people abducted from a train in eastern Bosnia in February … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF; press release] the majority of convictions for Bosnian Serb army General Zdravko Tolimir [case materials] for his involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder]. Tolimir was arrested in Serbia in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday indicted [press release] three people for war crimes committed against Serb victims. The indicted, Zdenko Andabak, Muamir Jasharevic and Sead Velagic, are accused of committing crimes against humanity against more than 300 Serb civilians between April 1992 and … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that Serbian leader Vojislav Seselj violated conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague. Seselj, who was released in November for medical treatment in Serbia, was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Belgrade court on Friday ordered a 30-day detention of eight Serbian suspects in connection with the 1995 Srebenica massacre [BBC backgrounder], in which some 8,000 Serbian Muslim men and boys were killed in a single town. The Belgrade Higher Court said the suspects must remain in jail due … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Serbian police on Wednesday arrested eight men suspected of having a direct role in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslim men and boys during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. In July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed in Srebrenica … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes prosecutors said Tuesday that five people have been charged [press release, PDF] with committing a wartime massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, with 10 more still under investigation in Bosnia. The massacre occurred in 1993, when the five allegedly abducted 20 people from a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court's ruling that former Bosnian guard Almaz Nezirovic is subject to extradition to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), after allegations that Nezirovic is responsible for war-crimes committed during … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Bosnian State Court [official website] Judge Azra Miletic was detained by police on Wednesday on suspicion of taking a bribe from former police commissioner Ramo Brkic. The former commissioner was originally sentenced to 11 years [CIN report, in Croatian] in prison for drug dealing and corruption. The appeals court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Feb 2015
by Gregory Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the decision of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to grant provisional release to Vojislav Seselj and its repercussions on international criminal law and transitional justice...The ongoing seven-year debacle that is the trial … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law [text, PDF] allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the prosecution … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another's citizens during the 1990s wars that erupted after the division of Yugoslavia. Croatia had accused Serbia of committing genocide against native and ethic Croats, and in a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday upheld genocide convictions [judgment, PDF] for Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. The Trial Chamber of the ICTY … [read more]

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