ICTY Legacy Dialogues Conference - Sarajevo


22 - 24 June 2017
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A conference reflecting on the legacy of the ICTY
and how others can build upon its achievements


Building on the efforts already undertaken by the ICTY in generating legacy discussions and legacy-related projects, the Trbunal will hold a final legacy conference to contribute to the ongoing debate among a wide variety of stakeholders. This occasion offers an opportunity for local, regional and international actors to discuss aspects of the Tribunal’s role and legacy in several key areas.

The goal of the conference is to enable others to build on the achievements the ICTY has made over its 24 year history. The vision is for a series of dynamic dialogues with those who can take what the ICTY has developed forward into new areas, with a particular focus on the role of national actors. The conference will explore how the work of the ICTY can feed responses to conflict-related atrocities and crimes at a national level in a number of fields, while also benefiting from the transfer of insights gained at the national level.

At this conference, legacy will not simply be addressed as a static assessment of the ICTY’s work, but rather as a dynamic discourse and transformation process – a sharing of experience and knowledge. Only through a dynamic and open process will the ultimate goal of advancing and bolstering the rule of law be achieved.


Keynote Speaker

Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University, Chicago, United States, and Honorary President of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Italy.

Since 1975, Professor Bassiouni has been appointed to 22 United Nations positions, including the Chair of the Commission of Experts established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 780 (1992) to investigate violations of International Humanitarian Law in the former Yugoslavia (1993-94), and the Commission’s Special Rapporteur for the Gathering and Analysis of Facts (1992-93).

Provisional Agenda

Thursday 22 June 2017
8:00-9:00 Registration and Welcome
9:00-9:30 Conference Inauguration and Keynote Speech
9:30-11:00 Panel I: Discussion on Normative Legacy
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Panel II: Discussion on Gender Justice Legacy
13:00-14:30 Lunch Break and Side Events:
Launch of the B/C/S version of the book “Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY”
14:30-16:00 Panel III: Discussion on Non-Judicial Legacy
16:30-18:00 Side Events
21:00-22:30 Reception
Friday 23 June 2017
9:00-9:30 Opening Session
9:30-11:00 Panel IV: Discussion on Operational Legacy
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Panel V: Discussion on Defence and Fair Trials Legacy
13:00-14:30 Lunch Break and Side Events:
(i) Briefing on access to the ICTY Archives; (ii) Discussion of witness needs posttestimony with representatives from the region.
14:30-16:00 Panel VI: Discussion on Participatory Legacy: “The Witness Experience”
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Panel VII: Discussion on Historical Legacy
Saturday 24 June 2017
9:30-11:00 Panel VIII: Discussion on Outreach Legacy: “Communicating Justice”
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Closing Session: Conclusions and Recommendations