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Tribunal’s Outreach Programme Receives Support from Finnish Government

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The Hague 15 September 2011

Tribunal’s Outreach Programme Receives Support from Finnish Government


The Outreach Programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is pleased to announce the receipt of generous support from the Government of Finland to help intensify Tribunal’s educational efforts in the region of the former Yugoslavia. This support will enable the Outreach Programme to implement a round of high-school and university presentations, aimed at pupils and students in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo in 2011–2012 academic year.

The high-school part of the project will include a series of multimedia presentations by Tribunal’s representatives about the main issues regarding the ICTY relevant to respective countries. The students will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the work and achievements of the Tribunal and its contribution to the establishment of facts and post-conflict justice in their region. The students will also discuss the importance of criminal justice in rebuilding their societies after conflict. .

In the university part of the project, the Tribunal’s legal experts will deliver a series of lectures on specialist topics at faculties of law and criminology. This will provide the students with a unique opportunity to learn first hand about complex and often misunderstood issues regarding the international justice system and its development, and benefit from discussions with practitioners.

The upcoming project builds on the previous experiences of the Outreach Programme with successful activities targeted at the youth. High school presentations were previously held during the 2006–2007, 2008–2009 and 2010-2011 school years in Kosovo, when more than 2000 students from over 50 schools learned about the Tribunal’s work. Similarly, the ICTY judges and legal experts held a series of lectures to university students in the region, including via video-link, over past years. The new programme will consolidate and expand the previous efforts both geographically and in terms of content offered to students.   

The Tribunal is committed to ending impunity and promoting respect for the rule of law which is of paramount importance in building modern societies and advancing those values, especially among the young generations in the former Yugoslavia. As the ICTY moves towards the completion of its mandate, the Outreach Programme is intensifying its efforts to increase the local communities’ access to and understanding of the Tribunal’s vast array of achievements. Pioneered and developed by the Tribunal, the Outreach Programme is widely recognized as one of the main tools for disseminating and cementing the ICTY’s legacy.

The Outreach Programme benefits from continuous support of the European Commission.

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More information about the Outreach Programme can be found on the Tribunal’s website at:


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