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Justice incomplete: Radovan Karađžic, the ICTY and the spaces of international law

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sam Jeffrey



The arrest of Radovan Karađžic in July 2008 and his transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has brought international judicial instruments under renewed scrutiny. In particular, the active pursuit of indicted war criminals across the international borders of the former Yugoslavia has challenged the primacy of the state as the locus of judicial authority. Using the arrest of Radovan Karađžic as a starting point, this paper evaluates the emergence of the ICTY and its contribution to peace building in the former Yugoslavia. It suggests that the ICTY is challenging existing international interventions within Bosnia, in particular 1995’s Dayton Peace Agreement, whilst simultaneously producing new judicial spaces and encounters. The paper calls for an understanding of international justice not as an abstract condition or outcome, but as a process that is incomplete and situated in space.

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Author(s): Jeffrey A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Year: 2009

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 387-402

Date deposited: 02/11/2009

ISSN (print): 0263-7758

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3433

Publisher: Pion Ltd


DOI: 10.1068/d1209


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