Peace vs. Accountability in Bosnia

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 88, p. 500, 1994

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-15

9 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2011

Date Written: January 31, 2011

Abstract

Hovering over the peace negotiations in progress in former Yugoslavia is the international community’s determination to bring to trial as war criminals those political and military leaders responsible for atrocities in Bosnia. The question clearly presented is that, however desirable the idea of war crimes accountability might appear in the abstract, pursuing the goal of a war crimes tribunal may simply result in prolonging a war of civilian atrocities. Is it not conceivable that, in return for securing a peace treaty, the UN officials may have extended some assurance to the leaders in former Yugoslavia that, one way or another, war crimes trials will not take place?

Keywords: Bosnia, War Crimes Tribunal (Former Yugoslavia), War Criminals

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Peace vs. Accountability in Bosnia (January 31, 2011). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 88, p. 500, 1994; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1755236

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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