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THE HAGUE | 23.09.2013.
Run-up to presidential elections at the Tribunal (1)

INTERNAL MATTER OR PUBLIC INTEREST?

Even though the election of the new president has been declared an ‘internal matter for the Tribunal', it is an open secret that for the first time there will be two separate presidential tickets. At the plenary session on 1 October, the judges will choose either for the incumbent president and vice-president, Meron and Agius, or for the challengers, Kwon and Orie
THE HAGUE | 06.09.2013.

DUTCH RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS OF THREE SREBRENICA MEN

After 10 years, the lawsuit launched by the Nuhanovic and Mustafic families against the Dutch state was brought to a close today when the Dutch Supreme Court ruled in their favor. The families claimed that the Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of their relatives Ibro and Muhamed Nuhanovic and Riza Mustafic
THE HAGUE | 27.08.2013.

HOW TO RESTORE MORALE AT TRIBUNAL

An initiative has been launched to discuss at the plenary session the causes and consequences of the slump of the morale, quandaries and discontent of the Tribunal’s staff, revealed in a recent survey among the legal officers in the Chambers
THE HAGUE | 22.08.2013.

MORALE SLUMP AT THE TRIBUNAL

Devastating results of a survey on the morale among the Chambers (Associate) Legal Officers. They criticize the President of the Tribunal and his office for being unfair, lacking transparency, nepotistic, arrogant, using double standards, and constantly changing the rules...
THE HAGUE | 26.07.2013.

INSTEAD OF RESIGNATION, MERON OFFERS VICTIMS ‘NEW CHAPTER’

Last month, the representatives of the 15 victims’ associations from Bosnia and Herzegovina sent a letter to judge Meron calling for his resignation. This week they came to The Hague to talk to the Tribunal’s officials and get the response to their demand
THE HAGUE | 11.07.2013.

WHERE IS THE TRIBUNAL HEADING FOR?

“Presumption of infallibility”, enjoyed by the appellate judges in the absence of a higher instance for the review of their judgments, should not shield them against public expressions of concern, criticism and protests against the ‘new course’ that they have plotted for the Tribunals in The Hague and in Arusha over the past few months
THE HAGUE | 01.07.2013.

MERON: TRIBUNAL’S FOUNDATIONS WILL RESIST ‘TIDE OF PUBLIC OPINION’

In his speech at the ceremony marking the launch of The Hague branch of the so-called Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals, President Meron made reference to the criticisms the Tribunal has faced recently, noting that the ‘the tides of public opinion may shift and sway, but the foundations built by the ICTY and the ICTR […] remain unshakeable
THE HAGUE | 24.06.2013.

OTP WILL NOT JOIN THE DEBATE BUT…

Chief Prosecutor Brammertz feels ‘it is not appropriate’ for the Office of the Prosecutor to join the debate following Judge Harhoff’s letter about the series of recent acquittals, but he has called the Tribunal to ‘make allowance for valid criticism’. The OTP, however, will use ‘all remaining legal mechanisms’ and press for ‘just outcomes’ of the cases that would ‘properly reflect the culpability of accused persons’
THE HAGUE | 19.06.2013.

TRIBUNAL’S STRATEGY: HEAD IN THE SAND

At the first press conference following the disclosure of the letter by Danish judge Harhoff, the two spokespersons, of the ICTY and OTP, kept saying ‘no comment’ in reply to all the questions that pertained to the allegations in the letter and its possible fallout
THE HAGUE | 17.06.2013.

A QUESTION FOR JUDGES: ‘AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?’

The Tribunal’s judges often ask witnesses ‘why didn’t you do something to prevent the crime?’. Would it be appropriate to ask the judges a similar question, following the allegations in Judge Harhoff’s letter that the ‘Tribunal changed its course under the pressure of the military establishments of some influential countries’?

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