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Winners of regional essay-writing competition for university students announced

Outreach | | The Hague |

The Outreach Programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced today the winners of the regional essay-writing competition for university students on the topic: “ICTY: War crimes trials as an important element in dealing with the past”.

Saša Miličević, a third-year student of the Law Faculty of Banja Luka University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), won the first prize. The second place was awarded to Stefan Jeremić from the Law Faculty of Belgrade University, Serbia, and the third place went to his fellow student Petar Brudar. The ICTY Registry Liasion Officer in BiH will award the prizes to the winners by 23 December 2016.

Following the first two successful essay writing competitions held in 2013 and 2014, organised only for high school students located in BiH, the ICTY Outreach Programme launched a regional competition this year in order to reach a wider audience of young people in the former Yugoslavia. This was the first region-wide competition launched for university students. The jury, composed of representatives from all relevant sections of the Tribunal, was impressed by the high quality of the essays.

As the ICTY moves towards the completion of its mandate, the Outreach Programme is intensifying its efforts to ensure that young people across the region of the former Yugoslavia are able to access information about the Tribunal and its achievements. In doing so, the Outreach Programme seeks to foster a greater understanding of the Tribunal’s work and legacy.

The Outreach Programme has benefited from the continued support of the European Union over many years, and its work with young people is generously supported by the Finnish government.