A group of Social Science students from the University of Louisville, USA, visited the ICTY Field Office in Sarajevo to learn about the work of the Tribunal and the role of trials in transitional justice processes. Questions from the group touched on topics such as the complexity and duration of trials, judgments and countries where those convicted serve their sentences.
Since the Tribunal is an ad hoc institution in the final phase of its work, the Louisville students were keen to learn about the work of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals which will take on the residual functions of the Tribunal following the completion of its mandate.
Landon Lauder, a 19-year old student, shared his positive impressions with the host and presenter, Almir Alić, ICTY Registry Liaison Officer in BiH:
‘Listening to this presentation has really brought home to me the historical context of modern efforts to pursue international justice. This is a narrative that is often forgotten. It should be taught as a matter of urgency to the entire world so that we can understand history in order not to repeat it’.