The Real-Time 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 Real-Time Tribunal

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This chapter describes the role that Clint Williamson played with indirect help from the United States in developing the first arrest for the tribunal with a secret indictment. Williamson's experience with undercover work in the United States exemplified the kind of expertise in the field and the courtroom that Blewitt ideally wanted to recruit into the tribunal. Arbour concluded that the tribunal had to radically change its mindset and devise a new strategy which would be more surreptitious than the highly publicized practices of the past. Thus, a detailed analysis of how norms relating to international criminal law were successfully instituted and implemented at the Hague tribunal, through interconnected processes of structural linkage, cultural legitimation, and temporal control. Louise Arbour's charisma was socially organized and used dialectical authorization and teamwork to make it a productive source of agency.

Keywords: Clint Williamson; tribunal; Louise Arbour; international criminal law; structural linkage

Chapter.  17422 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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