Experts on Atrocity

in Justice in the Balkans

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226312286
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226312309 | DOI:
Experts on Atrocity

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This chapter describes the thorough investigation of the ethnic cleansing in Prijedor that was undertaken by the UN commission of experts and headed by Cherif Bassiouni, the first Chief of War Crimes of the United Nations for the former Yugolsavia. The Bassiouni–Owen encounter is understood in the context of broader conflicts that have emerged in recent years between elite politician-diplomats and advocates of international humanitarian law enforcement. Bassiouni convinced the MacArthur and Soros Foundations to contribute a million dollars in funding and persuaded his law school to donate space to create the document center to build on the alliance between human rights activists and legal scholars described as characterizing the new transnational field of international humanitarian law. Thus, Bassiouni wonders whether the capability to make this case was interpreted at high levels of the U.S. State Department as endangering the peace process.

Keywords: Prijedor; Cherif Bassiouni; international humanitarian law; human rights activists; peace

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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