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Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hague Tribunal's Impact in a Postwar State

ISBN13: 9781107610606
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2010)
Price: £28.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521763806

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) struggled to apprehend and try high-profile defendants including Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, often receiving more criticism than praise. This volume argues that the court has made a substantial contribution to Bosnia and Herzegovina's transition to democracy. Based on over three years of field research and several hundred interviews, this study brings together multiple research methods - including surveys, ethnography and archival materials - to show the court's impact on five segments of Bosnian society, emphasizing the role of the social setting in translating international law into domestic contexts. Much of the early rhetoric about the transformative potential of international criminal law fostered unrealistic expectations of institutions like the ICTY. Judged by more realistic standards, international law is seen to play a modest yet important role in postwar transitions. These findings have implications for the study of international courts around the world and the role of law in contributing to social change.

International Criminal Law, Norway, Bosnia Herzegovina
1. Assessing the impact: Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
2. Crafting the polity: transitional justice and democratization in Bosnia and Herzegovina
3. An unfavorable context: war, Dayton, and the ICTY
4. Expanding the norm of accountability: Srebrenica's survivors, collective action, and the ICTY
5. Making progress with few resources: civil society and the ICTY
6. Narrative and counter-narrative: the case of the Celebici trial
7. From the battlefield to the barracks: the ICTY and the Bosnian armed forces (AFBIH)
8. Localizing war crimes prosecutions: the Hague to Sarajevo and beyond
9. Conclusion.