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Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The EU's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] sentenced [press release] a Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians on Thursday. Oliver Ivanovic was arrested [JURIST report] in January 2014 for the murder and torture of Albanian civilians during the 1999 war … [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
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of 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]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [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
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on [HRW report] the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states [official websites] to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe … [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]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday announced that the flow of refugees into Europe shows no signs of easing or stopping, as approximately 8,000 refugees a day seek to enter Europe. Amin Awad, the regional refugee coordinator for then UNHCR stated that … [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
5 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Hungarian National Assembly [official website] on Friday passed a number of emergency measures [Bill 1; Bill 2, in Hungarian] to address the recent mass migration into Europe. The bill declares a state of emergency in Hungary and establishes strict punishments, including jail time, for immigrants that violate its … [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]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Serbia and Kosovo signed agreements Tuesday in several key areas, taking a major step towards reconciling ties since the 1990s war. The agreement areas include energy, telecoms, establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities as well as the Freedom of Movement/Mitrovica Bridge. The Prime Ministers agreed on the … [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]

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