Reclaiming Justice: The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Local Courts

Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich*, John Hagan

*Corresponding author for this work

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For the first time in legal history, an indictment was filed against an acting head of state, Slobodan Miloševic, for crimes that Miloševic allegedly committed while he was in office. Seeking to change the concept of ethnic cleansing from a rationalizing euphemism to an incriminating metaphor, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) set precedents and expanded the boundaries of international criminal and humanitarian law. This book provides a comprehensive view of how people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia view and evaluate the ICTY. The book asks crucial questions about international justice in a systematic and comprehensive manner, looking into the ICTY's legality and judicial independence, as well as specific issues of substantive and procedural justice and collective and individual responsibility. The book provides an in-depth analysis of perceptions about the ICTY, the subsequent work of its local courts, and decisions reached by the local courts. It also examines the relationship between the views of the ICTY and ethnicity, a particularly relevant notion because the war was fought largely along ethnic lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9780199895380
ISBN (Print)9780195340327
StatePublished - May 1 2011


  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Ethnic cleansing
  • Herzegovina
  • ICTY
  • Kosovo
  • Local courts
  • Serbia
  • Slobodan Miloševic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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