Review Essay: From Viability to Impact: Evolving Metrics for Assessing the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

November 2013

Journal/Publication Title

The International Journal of Transnational Justice


Twenty years after the UN Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Court remains fertile ground for contested claims about what it can achieve, the degree to which it has met specific goals and whose interests it should serve. A series of high-profile acquittals since November 2012 have stoked renewed controversy,1 dispelling prospects that some measure of consensus might emerge as the ICTY approached retirement.Animated debates about the ICTY now span several disciplines, as the books reviewed here reflect. Approaching the Tribunal from several perspectives, they illuminate what it took to secure arrests of ICTY suspects; select aspects of the Tribunal’s judicial output; and how former Yugoslav citizens perceive its work. Review of: International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance, Christopher K. Lamont (Ashgate, March 2010), 234pp. ISBN: 9780754679653 – hardcover (£55)Reclaiming Justice: The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Local Courts, Sanja Kutnjak Ivković and John Hagan (Oxford University Press, May 2011), 224pp. ISBN: 9780195340327 – hardcover (£40).The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, eds. Bert Swart, Alexander Zahar and Göran Sluiter. Oxford University Press, May 2011, 584pp. ISBN: 9780199573417 – hardcover (£106).