Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes in the Hague Tribunal

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Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes in the Hague Tribunal

By John Hagan
University of Chicago Press, 2003
304 pp. $29.00
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With our attention shifted from ethnic cleansing to global terrorism, we have lost track of what is at stake in The Hague, where the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has been at work since 1994. With this penetrating analysis of the court's workings, Hagan forcefully yanks us back. The arrest and trial of Slobodan Milosevic have been the sensational culmination of the process, but other crucial trials preceded it, including those of the perpetrators of Srebrenica and Foca. Hagan traces the complex interactions between investigatory and prosecutorial teams, the dynamics between witnesses and prosecution, and how the special leadership of three successive chief judges turned an unpromising start into a forceful finish. On the path from the Nuremberg trials to the "liberal legalism" of the International Criminal Court, these proceedings, Hagan argues, stand as a milestone in the creation of humanitarian and international criminal law.