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Tribunal hosts a study visit of Serbian students

Press Release TRIBUNAL

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The Hague, 20 March 2012

Tribunal hosts a study visit of Serbian students


The Tribunal is hosting a two-day study visit of students of Law and Political Science from universities in Serbia, organised in cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Serbia.

Twelve students from the universities of Belgrade, Niš and Novi Sad are visiting the Tribunal. The students will meet with the Prosecutor Serge Brammertz, Judge Christoph Flϋgge, Judge Stefan Trechsel and other senior staff members from the Registry, the Office of the Prosecutor and Defence to learn about the Tribunal’s work, its achievements and jurisprudence. The students will attend presentations on a variety of topics, including the weighing of evidence and writing of ICTY judgements, the Tribunal’s work with witnesses and the principle of equality of arms.

Commenting on the visit, Ivan Jovanović, Head of War Crimes Unit of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, said: “So as to ensure lasting peace, respect for victims and repudiate denial of crimes in the former Yugoslavia, it is important that young generations from the region - who are future professionals, academics and decisions makers - understand how the Tribunal operates and recognise its findings and legacy.  The students will have an exceptional opportunity to meet and talk to the Tribunal’s highest officials and this will help them shape their own informed opinion about this institution.”

This is the third visit of the kind to have been organised by the Tribunal and the OSCE Mission to Serbia since 2010, as part of the OSCE’s programme for promoting accountability for war crimes which is supported by the Netherlands Embassy to Serbia.

The visit forms part of Outreach’s efforts to contribute to the process of dealing with the past by encouraging young people to take an active interest in the Tribunal’s work and achievements as well as wider issues of justice, transitional justice mechanisms and post-conflict social recovery.

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


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