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Tribunal: July/Aug ‘07

IWPR reports on international justice and Balkan war crimes issues regarded as important source for academics and human rights activists.
A special report on the legacy of the Hague tribunal was republished in a number of important online publications, most notably the

International Relations and Security Network, ISN, and War Crimes Prosecution Watch.

In researching this in-depth report, the author of the article, Daniel Barron, spoke to many leading members of the international justice community to canvass their views on the record of the Hague tribunal and to discover what legacy they believe the court will leave behind when it closes its doors.

Amongst those interviewed were Justice Richard Goldstone, formerly a member of South Africa’s Constitutional Court and a chief prosecutor at the ICTY; political adviser to Carla Del Ponte Anton Nikiforov; director of the International Justice Project at the New York-based group Human Rights Watch Richard Dicker, and president of the Association of Defence Counsel Michael Karnavas.

The article is an example of the sort of in-depth analysis of international justice and Balkan war crimes issues that have proved to be an important source for academics and human rights advocates.

Muhamed Mesic, senior research fellow at the Institute for Crimes Against Humanity and International Law in Sarajevo, said, “I have followed the IWPR tribunal reports as a part of my every day work pretty closely since the beginning of 2007, as these provide valuable insights in a concise and impartial manner seldom found in media either from the Balkans or from abroad.”

“IWPR is doing crucial work, relevant to not only scholars and researchers in political science, criminal justice and international law in the Balkans…but also in establishing a successful system of ‘war and peace reporting’ applicable wherever there is a [ similar pattern] of crimes.”

Anne-Sofie Nyman, from the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, told us that she and her colleagues are also regular readers of our reports. “We find your articles to be highly professional and they are extremely useful for our work,” she said.

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