Following The Karadzic Verdict, It’s Time For A Tribunal On Syria

George E. Elliott


More than two decades after the deadly siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, a United Nations tribunal in The Hague has convicted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The judges handed the 70-year-old “Butcher of Bosnia” a 40-year sentence.

Good things take time and the ‘arc of justice’ is obviously a very long one. Considering the utter mess and bloody confusion that is war, it’s no surprise that this certain path to justice has taken this long. It is a promising start for a young and revolutionary idea; the concept of international criminal justice that, with the power of transparent, legitimate, properly-funded institutions, can reach across national borders with universal jurisdiction to hold individuals accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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