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The 25th anniversary of the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)



The ICTY opened its doors 25 years ago, created by Resolution 827 of the United Nations Security Council, which was passed on May 25th 1993.  Established to deal with crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s, the Tribunal was the first court to undertake the prosecution and adjudication of the gravest international crimes since the post-World War II Nuremberg and Tokyo trials. During its 14 year mandate (and a staggering 10,800 trial days), the ICTY indicted 161 individuals, sentencing 90 for crimes against humanity, genocide, violations of the law of customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. Despite its criticism, the ICTY irreversibly changed the landscape of international criminal and humanitarian law.

To mark the 25th anniversary of its establishment, we have curated the following collection of content exploring the Tribunal’s influence and legacy.

Image credit: UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY Building). CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.