The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. The Republika Srpska: Human Rights in a Multi-Ethnic Bosnia
Columbia Law School
May 1, 2002
Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 15, 2002
Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-45
This Article examines the Islamic Community case by setting it within its historical and jurisprudential context and discussing the implications of the Human Rights Chamber's decision for the protection of human rights in Bosnia and beyond. Part I describes the structure and functions of the Chamber. Part II considers the applicant, the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the rich Muslim heritage of the city of Banja Luka. Part III explains the proceedings before the Chamber and the body's decision in Islamic Community. Part IV analyzes the difficulties faced by the Chamber and the international community in enforcing the decision. The Article concludes by exploring the implications of Islamic Community and the Chamber's jurisprudence for the protection of human rights in Bosnia and transitional justice efforts elsewhere in the world.
Keywords: Human Rights, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date posted: September 14, 2008 ; Last revised: January 27, 2009
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