Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)

Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)

By: Lara J. Nettelfield (author)Paperback

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) struggled to apprehend and try high-profile defendants including Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, often receiving more criticism than praise. This volume argues that the court has made a substantial contribution to Bosnia and Herzegovina's transition to democracy. Based on over three years of field research and several hundred interviews, this study brings together multiple research methods - including surveys, ethnography and archival materials - to show the court's impact on five segments of Bosnian society, emphasizing the role of the social setting in translating international law into domestic contexts. Much of the early rhetoric about the transformative potential of international criminal law fostered unrealistic expectations of institutions like the ICTY. Judged by more realistic standards, international law is seen to play a modest yet important role in postwar transitions. These findings have implications for the study of international courts around the world and the role of law in contributing to social change.

About Author

Lara J. Nettelfield is a Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to joining Royal Holloway, she taught at the University of Exeter and Columbia University in New York City. She has published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the Canadian International Council's International Journal. She has worked for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in addition to nongovernmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nettelfield's writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun. Her research has been funded by Fulbright Hays, the German Marshall Fund, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and Columbia University's Harriman Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley. Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina won the 2011 Marshall Shulman Book Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).


1. Assessing the impact: Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); 2. Crafting the polity: transitional justice and democratization in Bosnia and Herzegovina; 3. An unfavorable context: war, Dayton, and the ICTY; 4. Expanding the norm of accountability: Srebrenica's survivors, collective action, and the ICTY; 5. Making progress with few resources: civil society and the ICTY; 6. Narrative and counter-narrative: the case of the Celebici trial; 7. From the battlefield to the barracks: the ICTY and the Bosnian armed forces (AFBIH); 8. Localizing war crimes prosecutions: the Hague to Sarajevo and beyond; 9. Conclusion.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107610606
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 362
  • ID: 9781107610606
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 1107610605

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