Final Legacy Lecture Series on the Story of the ICTY

After 24 years of operations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will close its doors at the end of this year. To mark this occasion, the ICTY and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School co-organised a series of four lectures telling the story of the different organs of the Tribunal and the Association of Defence Counsel. Each lecture was dedicated to a particular section of the Tribunal, with the aim to present the unique experiences of ICTY staff and those working in Defence, all of whom have played a crucial role in the Tribunal’s work. This was an exciting opportunity for academics, students, and practitioners to meet and engage with some of the people “behind the scenes” at the Tribunal. The discussions began with opening remarks by high-level speakers from the relevant sections – ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius, Deputy Registrar Kate Mackintosh, Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Jarvis, and ADC-ICT Defence Counsel and Vice President Marie O’Leary – followed by a moderated panel of four ICTY staff or members of Defence Counsel.

The lectures took place at Leiden University’s Hague Campus on the following dates:

5 October 2017 - “The Story of the ICTY Registry: Running a Court - from prison to pro se”

Moderator:
  • Kate Mackintosh, Deputy Registrar, ICTY
Panellists:            
  • David Falces, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Maja Ružić, Chief of Interpretation and Translation Services
  • Fraser Gilmour, Commanding Officer, UN Detention Unit
  • Ljiljana Hellman, former Pro Se Liaison Officer, Court Support Services Section

On 5 October 2017, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies hosted the first of the ICTY Legacy Lecture Series at Leiden University’s Hague campus. The lecture, entitled “The Story of the ICTY Registry: Running a Court - from prison to pro se”, was the first in a series of four, which each tell the story of a different organ of the Tribunal and the Defence, as part of the ICTY Legacy Dialogues. The event was an opportunity to hear a “behind the scenes” perspective from ICTY Registry staff members and to learn about their individual experiences throughout their tenures. 

More information about the content and discussion of this lecture can be found here.


19 October 2017 - “The Story of Defence Counsel practising before the ICTY: Experiences from the Frontlines Defending Justice”

Moderator:
  • Marie O'Leary, ADC-ICT Defence Counsel and Vice President
Panellists:              
  • Colleen Rohan, ADC-ICT Defence Counsel and former President
  • Christopher Gosnell, ADC-ICT Defence Counsel and Vice President
  • Gregor Guy-Smith, ADC-ICTY Defence Counsel and former President
  • Dragan Ivetić, ADC-ICT Defence Counsel and Vice President

The lecture, entitled “The Story of the Defence practising before the ICTY: Experiences from the Frontlines Defending Justice”, was the second in a series of four, which each tell the story of a different organ of the Tribunal and the Defence, as part of the ICTY Legacy Dialogues. The event was an opportunity to hear a “behind the scenes” perspective from Defence counsel practising before the ICTY and to learn about their individual experiences. More information about the content and discussion of this lecture can be found here.


2 November 2017 - “The Story of the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor: Starting from Scratch - What We've Learned from 20 Years of OTP Investigations and Prosecutions”

Moderator:
  • Douglas Stringer, Senior Appeals Counsel, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor
Panellists:
  • Peter McCloskey, Senior Trial Attorney, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor Dorothea Hanson, Analyst, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor
  • Robert Reid, Chief of Operations, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor
  • Laurel Baig, Senior Appeals Counsel, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor

16 November 2017 - “The Story of ICTY Chambers: Behind the scenes insights into trial and appeal proceedings”

Moderator:
  • Jonas Nilsson, Senior Legal Officer, ICTY Trial Chamber
Panellists:
  • Amir Čengić, Legal Officer, ICTY Appeals
  • Chamber Valérie Gabard, Legal Officer, ICTY Appeals Chamber
  • Christopher Lentz, Legal Officer, ICTY Office of the President
  • Dr Rosalynd Roberts, Legal Officer, ICTY Trial Chamber