Gaining Trust through Faci ng the Past? Prosecuting War Crimes Commited in the former Yugoslavia in a National and Internatio nal Legal Context  Cover Image
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Gaining Trust through Faci ng the Past? Prosecuting War Crimes Commited in the former Yugoslavia in a National and Internatio nal Legal Context
Gaining Trust through Faci ng the Past? Prosecuting War Crimes Commited in the former Yugoslavia in a National and Internatio nal Legal Context

Author(s): Vladimir Petrović
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)

Summary/Abstract: This research investigates the role of the legal system in re-establishing the shaken political order and social trust using the example of the prosecution of the war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. The attempts to bring war criminals to justice are being examined on the international level at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and on the national level of the Serbian legal institution specialising in war crimes, in order to demonstrate the entangled interaction, correlation, convergence or collision of those efforts. The different ways of facing the troubled past pursued by these institutions are analysed in light of their impact on public awareness of the crimes that transpired over the course of war, with the aim to establish whether was justice done, and whether it was seen to be done. In light of these findings, the pace of the social interiorisation of this juridical activity is scrutinised in order to determine the importance of the war crimes trials, especially in regards to other actors vested in reshaping the political and social landscape in the former Yugoslav region.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 1-35
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: English