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Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Dutch government on Friday announced the establishment of a special court being set up in The Hague to investigate and try alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 guerilla war. According to the government announcement [press release], the court, which is called the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A federal court in Ohio on Tuesday sentenced [press release] Serbian refugee Slobodan Mutic to two years in prison for lying on immigration forms about his participation in ethnic cleansing and genocide in the former Yugoslavia. A spokesperson for the Cleveland District Attorney's Office said that Mutic will be … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Three former members of the Bosnian Muslim armed forces were arrested on Monday in Tulza, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for allegedly killing as many as 10 Serb civilians in Srebrenica in July 1992. The victims were killed [AFP report] near a police station after their village was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday ordered a retrial [judgment summary, PDF; press release] for two senior Serbian officials acquitted of war crimes during the 1990s Balkans conflict. Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović were acquitted [JURIST report] in 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslav (ICTY) [official website] publicly announced [press release] on Tuesday confidential charges and arrest warrants [order, PDF] for contempt of court against three people involved in the Vojislav Šešelj trial [ICTY case materials]. Petar Jojić, Jovo Ostojić and Vjerica Radeta, two defense lawyers … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested three men [press release, in Bosnian] suspected of committing war crimes during the 1990s. Sarajevo lawyer Ibro Merkez and Gorazde police commissioner Esef Huric are alleged [Balkan Insight report] to have illegally detained and imprisoned 100 Serbs in the city of Gorazde at the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Miracle Jones

Serbia has yet to completely investigate and adequately prosecute war crimes that occurred in the 1990s conflict, according to a report [text, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website]. The report, which details the OSCE's mission to Serbia [materials] and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of war crimes he allegedly committed against prisoners of war in 1992. Prosecutors charged [JURIST report] Oric in August for his alleged involvement in the killing of three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Serbia's Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] on Thursday indicted eight former policemen suspected of taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The suspects are charged with war crimes [Balkan Insight report] for participating in the killing of civilians in a Kravica … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website, in Bosnian] on Tuesday announced the arrest [press release, in Bosnian] of four individuals who are linked to war crimes committed during the nation's conflict in the early 1990s. Investigations have revealed that the four men are former senior members … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

Serbian prosecutors on Thursday charged former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric [JURIST news archive] with war crimes against prisoners of war in 1992. Oric is accused of involvment in the killing of three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in the villages of Zalazje, Kunjerac and Lolici. It is reported [Balkan … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Aug 2015
by Dimas Kuncoro Jati of Gadjah Mada University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimas Kuncoro Jati, of Gadjah Mada University, discusses the separatist movement in the West Papua and estimates its chances of exercising secession from Indonesia under the Kosovo scenario ... West Papua separatists are allegedly trying to seek international community attention by arranging a new strategy to compose … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kosovo's Parliament [official website] approved the creation of a war crimes court on Monday which will investigate alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 guerrilla war. Members of parliament also passed laws to create the office of the prosecution and to finance defense counsel for those … [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]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Asad government and … [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]


Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]

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