Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic (Google eBook)

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Duke University Press, Jul 9, 2010 - Law - 545 pages
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An eyewitness account of the first major international war-crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg trials, Twilight of Impunity is a gripping guide to the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The historic trial of the ďButcher of the BalkansĒ began in 2002 and ended abruptly with Milosevicís death in 2006. Judith Armatta, a lawyer who spent three years in the former Yugoslavia during Milosevicís reign, had a front-row seat at the trial. In Twilight of Impunity she brings the dramatic proceedings to life, explains complex legal issues, and assesses the trialís implications for victims of the conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s and international justice more broadly. Armatta acknowledges the trialís flaws, particularly Milosevicís grandstanding and attacks on the institutional legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunal. Yet she argues that the trial provided an indispensable legal and historical narrative of events in the former Yugoslavia and a valuable forum where victims could tell their stories and seek justice. It addressed crucial legal issues, such as the responsibility of commanders for crimes committed by subordinates, and helped to create a framework for conceptualizing and organizing other large-scale international criminal tribunals. The prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague was an important step toward ending impunity for leaders who perpetrate egregious crimes against humanity.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Opening Statements
10
2 Milosevic Was Warned
25
3 The Leadup to War
46
4 War in Kosova
75
5 Massacre and Coverup
95
6 Milosevics Rise to Power
117
7 The Exercise of De Facto Power
148
13 The World According to Milosevic
345
14 Milosevics Loyalists
370
A Case of SelfDefense?
393
16 Conclusions and Recommendations
430
Afterword
449
Appendix I Law of the Tribunal
451
Appendix II List of Defense Witnesses
457
Appendix III Chronology
459

8 War in Croatia and Attempts at Peace
182
9 War Comes to Bosnia
212
10 Concentration Camps and Safe Areas
240
11 Genocide
284
12 Interregnum
322
Notes
471
Bibliography
517
Index
523
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About the author (2010)

Judith Armatta is a lawyer, journalist, and human-rights advocate who monitored the trial of Slobodan Milosevic on behalf of the Coalition for International Justice. Her dispatches from The Hague appeared in Tribunal Update, published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting; Monitor, a magazine of political commentary published in Montenegro; the International Herald Tribune; and the Chicago Tribune. Prior to her work in The Hague, Armatta worked for the American Bar Associationís Central and East European Law Initiative, opening offices in Belgrade, Serbia (in 1997) and Montenegro (in 1999). During the Kosova War, she headed a War Crimes Documentation Project among Kosovar Albanian refugees in Macedonia. Armatta currently consults on international humanitarian, human rights, and other rule-of-law issues, most recently in the Middle East. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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