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ICTY Judges Hold Peer-To-Peer Meeting with Judges from Former Yugoslavia

Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 27 June 2011

ICTY Judges Hold Peer-To-Peer Meeting with Judges from Former Yugoslavia


Today, Judge Fausto Pocar and Judge Bakone Justice Moloto from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia meet in Bečići, Montenegro, with some 20 judges from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to share experiences in adjudicating war crimes cases.

The peer-to-peer meeting is being held as part of the War Crimes Justice Project (WCJP). The aim of the Project is to facilitate the transfer of the Tribunal’s unique institutional knowledge and specialised skills in order to enhance the capacity of legal professionals in the region to process complex war crimes cases.

Commenting on the peer-to-peer meeting, Judge Bakone Justice Moloto said, "The exchange of ideas and experiences between professionals at the ICTY and our counterparts in the region is part of the Tribunal's legacy, which is aimed at strengthening the jurisdictions of the region to enable them to continue carrying out the important work of processing war crimes cases once the Tribunal has closed down."

The President of the Montenegrin Supreme Court, Judge Vesna Medenica, said: “The ICTY will soon finish its work. National courts from the former Yugoslavia are actively participating in the ICTY’s completion strategy and carrying on the Tribunal’s legacy in processing the remaining war crimes cases. The national courts have the advantage of the institutional knowledge and expertise generated by the ICTY, in the areas of international criminal and humanitarian law.”  

This is the fourth peer-to-peer meeting to take place in the region since September 2010. Previous meetings were held in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Zagreb. The next peer-to-peer meeting is expected to be held in Sarajevo in September 2011.

The War Crimes Justice Project is a 4-million euro regional project funded by the European Union and carried out by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) in partnership with the ICTY, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and OSCE field operations.

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For more information please call Ms. Sanela Tunović, War Crimes Justice Project Outreach Officer at +387 61 539 535 or email at wcjp [at] odihr.pl

For more information on the War Crimes Justice Project please visit http://www.icty.org/sid/240

War Crimes Justice Project Partners

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