The Impact Question: The ICTY and the Restoration and Maintenance of Peace

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This chapter seeks to address an important 'impact gap' within the transitional justice literature, by using empirical data to explore and evaluate the ICTY's influence on the restoration and maintenance of peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In order to assess the Tribunal's social impact, it uses three key criteria - namely perceptions of the Tribunal, acknowledgement/denial, and inter-ethnic relations on the ground. Measured against each of these factors, the chapter finds little evidence that the ICTY has contributed to the restoration and maintenance of peace - and more specifically to reconciliation - in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Rather than necessarily interpreting this as a failure of the ICTY, however, it questions whether it is in fact realistic to expect a geographically remote judicial body to aid such a personal process as reconciliation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
EditorsGöran Sluiter, Bert Swart, Alexander Zahar
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191728822, 9780199573417
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2011


  • Acknowledgement
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Denial
  • Empirical
  • ICTY
  • Impact
  • Inter-ethnic relations
  • Perceptions
  • Reconciliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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