The Virtual Tribunal

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:
The Virtual Tribunal

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This chapter elaborates the point that the UN commission presaged the establishment of the tribunal as the first case prosecuted by the tribunal emerged from the commission's investigation in Prejidor and resulted in the conviction of Dusko Tadic. But weaknesses in this case caused many problems that threatened the perceived legitimacy of the tribunal. An associate at the commission noted that the administrative style of Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa was to delegate internal work, while taking primary responsibility for the external politics of the commission. According to Bassiouni, the UN legal officers were initially responsible for disparaging the value of the commission's database to Goldstone and the tribunal. The Aegon Insurance building was retrofitted to accommodate the computer system and to provide a state-of-the-art courtroom. The teams that were formed during the Goldstone years and which featured Anglo-Americans in leadership roles working on the Prejidor investigation, and the Tadic trial, continued to be driving forces in the tribunal for many years.

Keywords: tribunal; Prejidor investigation; Dusko Tadic; Justice Richard Goldstone; commission's database

Chapter.  14308 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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