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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
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council [official webcite] on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party [party website, in Romanian], would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses … [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

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
15 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Serbian court on Thursday politically rehabilitated a World War II royalist executed nearly 70 years ago on convictions of collaborating with Nazis. Serbian nationalist Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic was an officer of the royal army when the Nazis invaded. Mihailovic allegedly began collaborating with the invaders and joined with … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday ordered the provisional release [order, PDF] pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Hadžic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. … [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
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
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
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
27 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Belgrade court on Friday considered whether to wipe the treason conviction against General Draza Mihailovic for his efforts supporting the Nazi regime during World War II. Serbian nationals showed up in droves to the courthouse to witness the decision on Mihailovic's oft contested legacy, and resolve a dispute … [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]


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
28 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The citizens of the Republic of Croatia voted in the nation's presidential election on Sunday. The first-round of voting ended in a runoff between the incumbent, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic [BBC profile], and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic [official profile], an ex-ambassador and most recently NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Vojislav Seselj [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive] returned home to Serbia on Wednesday, following his temporary release from prison. The Serbian far-right ultranationalist leader has been in custody at The Hague since 2003, after he was accused of war crimes and recruiting paramilitary forces during the 1990s … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] German federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged [press release, in German] Zdravko Musac, former head of the Yugoslavia secret service, with complicity in the 1983 murder of expatriate Yugoslav political dissident Stjepan Durekovic near Munich. Musac, now 72 years old, was extradited [Reuters report] to Germany from Croatia in April … [read more]

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