Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gotovina forum

Stirring debate these last several days is the acquittal-on-appeal of 2 Croatian generals convicted a year and a half ago of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1990s conflict in the Balkans.
Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač had been convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and sentenced to 24 and 18 years, respectively, for conduct occurring during Operation Storm in 1995. The ICTY Appeals Chamber ruled Friday, however, that the Trial Chamber's April 2011 judgment erred on numerous points, and so ordered the 2 released. The men were welcomed in Zagreb that day. But in nearby Belgrade, the decision was met with outrage.
IntLawGrrls joins the scholarly debate about the case today, publishing differing views in posts below:
Laurie Blank (left), in her post, sees in the Appeals Chamber's decision a careful balancing of humanitarian norms and military doctrine, while
Milena Sterio (right), in her post, faults the reasoning of the appellate majority and underscores concern that the result feeds into Serb perceptions of victors' justice.
Read both posts for a rich account of what transpired, and what this means for international law and politics.

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