War Crimes Trials in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Selected Aspects of Transitional Justice Mechanisms

By Lejla Ruedi

This book examines transitional justice mechanisms as applied in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a clear focus on criminal justice mechanisms, primarily on national war crimes trials. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been a complex field of experiments for the outreach and referral program of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Meanwhile, most of the war crimes trials that were referred from the ICTY to the domestic jurisdiction have been completed. While these trials were mainly focused on the "big fishes" that were regarded as the most responsible for the atrocities during the 1992-1995 armed conflict, the rest of the suspected war criminals are prosecuted by the national authorities. The book provides an overview of national war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It focuses on key problems of substantive and procedural criminal law aspects, such as the application of various different Criminal Codes for the same crimes at the state and entity level, as well as the introduction and application of plea bargaining in war crimes cases. (Series: International Criminal Law / Volkerstrafrecht und internationales Strafrecht - Vol. 5) [Subject: Transitional Justice, International Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law]

Publication Date: 6/21/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783037516768