Introduction to the Hague Tribunal
Introduction to the Hague war crimes process, both regarding the law and history of the court and also practical information for visitors.
ICTY Press Contacts
There is no walk-in access. Phone and someone will meet you in the lobby. They will give you a press pack, with latest facts and figures, plus you can get copies of all indictments. All information is available in English, French, Albanian and Bosnian-Croat-Serb.
Press office spokesperson:
Tel: 031-(0)70-512-5066 or 031-(0)70-512-5343
No advance accreditation is normally required. Turn up at the front gate security and show passport and a press ID card. You will be given a press pass granting you access to the lobby, media areas and the courtrooms.
There are limited desks inside for visiting journalists, with electricity for computers but no access to the internet, except on key dates when WiFi is available.
For key dates, accreditation may have to be applied for in advance. Check the ICTY website or with the press office for details.
Note: Mobile phones can be brought inside the lobby, but phones and computers cannot be taken into the court rooms. You can leave them in safe deposit boxes, available free, at the front entrance.
History of the Hague Tribunal
Article 227 Treaty of Versailles proposes Commission on the Responsibility of the Authors of the War and on Enforcement of Penalties.
Assembly of League of Nations rejects idea of High Court of International Justice as "premature".
League of Nations signed Convention for International Criminal Court to try terrorist offences. Never became law.
UN asks International Law Commission to study a Criminal Chamber of the International Court of Justice.
UN asks the ILC to again study idea of International Criminal Court.
ILC begins work.
Croatia and Slovenia secede from Yugoslavia. War begins.
Bosnian war starts following referendum on independence. 100,000 to 200,000 killed in 4 years.
UN Resolution 780 proposes creation of tribunal.
UN Resolution 808 creates the tribunal.
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia set up.
Genocide in Rwanda kills 500,000 to 1 million Tutsis killed.
Dayton Peace Agreement ends Bosnia and Croatia wars.
First ICTY conviction: Dusan Tadic, Serb former detention camp guard.
NATO commandos launch first arrest raid against Tribunal indictee.
First sighting of guerrillas of Kosovo Liberation Army.
68 Ethnic Albanians die at Prekaz, Kosovo, in attack by Serbian security forces. Guerrilla war spreads across province.
NATO begins bombing Serbia. 860,000 Ethnic Albanians removed from Kosovo by Serbian security forces.
May 27 1999
ICTY indicts Slobodan Milosevic for Crimes Against Humanity.
Milosevic loses Yugoslav presidential election.
Milosevic arrested by Serbian police. Handed over to NATO and flown to ICTY.
Milosevic trial begins.
Milosevic dies in prison before his trial ends. A judgement is never rendered.
Former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic is arrested in Belgrade after 13 years on the run.
Prosecutors deliver opening statements in the Karadzic trial, but the accused - who represents himself - boycotts the proceedings. He is then assigned a "stand-by counsel" who can take over if Karadzic boycotts again.
Karadzic delivers his own opening statements.
First witnesses testify in Karadzic trial. Accused continues to represent himself, but stand-by counsel attends each court session.
General Ratko Mladic, ex-commander of the Bosnian Serb army, is arrested in Serbia after 16 years as a fugitive.