Promoting International Justice & Reconciliation: Outreach Efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – Presentation by Nerma Jelacic

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Ms. Nerma Jelacic, Head of Communications at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, will be visiting WKU on Monday, April 7.

She will be giving a formal presentation on Monday, April 7 from 5:30-6:30pm in Snell Hall 2113 entitled Promoting International Justice and Reconciliation: Outreach efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

During her presentation, Ms. Jelacic will (1) provide an overview of the ICTY, (2) discuss some of the tribunal’s major cases, legal precedents and findings, (3) discuss the tribunal’s efforts to build a historical record of the wars in the former Yugoslavia between 1992-1995, and (4) discuss the outreach efforts of the tribunal, especially efforts to promote justice for the victims and reconciliation in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

I would greatly appreciate your help in advertising this event to your colleagues, students, and members of the local community.  Thanks to the generous support of the Office of International Programs, the Potter College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, and the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, this event is free and open to the public.

Thank you for your help in advertising this event.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

The United Nations created the ICTY in 1993 in the midst of the war and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.  Between 1992 and 1995, the war resulted in the deaths of nearly 100,000 individuals, the forcible rape of tens of thousands of women, and the forced displacement of more than 2,000,000 residents.  And in the town of Srebrenica in 1995, the first genocide on European soil since the Holocaust.

The ICTY was the first war crimes tribunal established by the international community since the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes tribunals were convened following WWII.   Over the last 20 years, the ICTY has indicted 161 individuals accused of leading and/or committing the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes that violate the customs of war, and violations of the Geneva Conventions during the three years of war that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.  The ICTY has also been at the forefront of establishing important precedents in the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and jurisprudence.  It has also set important legal precedent establishing sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and an act of genocide.

You can learn more about the ICTY by visiting its website.  You can also stream the court room proceedings of each trial.

(Source: Jerry Daday, Associate Professor of Sociology, WKU)

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