From Adjudication to Aftermath: Assessing the ICTY's Goals beyond Prosecution

Patrice C. McMahon, Jennifer L. Miller

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After more than a dozen years of activity, some 161 indictments, 64 arrests, and 47 surrenders, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has accomplished a good deal in terms of its primary task of prosecution. Nonetheless, there is still much debate over the state of transitional justice in the Balkans and what has been accomplished. We cannot forget that the ICTY was created with broad political and social purposes in mind, specifically to contribute to the restoration and maintenance of peace. Using a comparative framework, we develop benchmarks of transitional justice outcomes to examine these vague but important and ambitious goals. Although conventional wisdom says that the ICTY is used instrumentally by Balkan leaders who are fundamentally opposed to the court's existence, we demonstrate that there is also evidence of broader political and social change throughout the region. Thus, we contend that Balkan countries have indeed moved beyond mere prosecution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-442
Number of pages22
JournalHuman Rights Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Balkans
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • International courts
  • Transitional justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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