ICTY Outreach Programme has continued its successful cooperation with the American University in BiH with a summer programme organised by the University for students from across the globe. As part of the course subject “ICTY in transitional justice processes”, ICTY Registry Liaison Officer Almir Alić introduced a group of 15 students from the US, Canada and Mexico to the work of the Tribunal and its major achievements.
Questions asked by the political science and international relations students concerned the dynamics between the perpetrator and the victim, which are at the core of transitional justice processes. The students were keen to learn more about the work of the Victims and Witnesses Section, the Tribunal’s sentencing policy and victims’ reparations. The discussion on war crimes perpetrators revolved around the number of and structures for the accused, cases referred to the local judiciaries in the region and countries where the convicted persons serve their sentences.
Following the presentation, the students from North and Central America expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to learn about the work of the institution that initiated the process of criminal prosecution and facilitated the trials of persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia.