Command and Responsibility at Srebrenica revisited: The Mladić and Karadžić Trials and the Legacy of the Yugoslavia Tribunal.
Professor James Gow, King’s College London
War Studies Meeting Room (K. 6.07)
In 2013, Professor James Gow was awarded a 3-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to examine the defining trial of the ICTY, that of Ratko Mladić, and its impact on the evolution of international criminal justice. Here, he will discuss the trial and reflect on the Tribunal’s historical legacy, particularly the significant wealth of evidence regarding the genocide at Srebrenica in July 1995 presented in both the Mladić trial, and that of Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadžić. Does this evidence finally answer the question of who, ultimately, was responsible? Contrary to widespread assumptions and the verdict in the Karadžić case, can it be that Mladić holds sole responsibility, and Karadžić was not directly involved?
James Gow is Professor of International Peace and Security and Director of the International Peace and Security Programme at King’s College London. He has been a close observer of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since its inception, twenty-four years ago, and also a direct participant in its proceedings. Professor Gow served four years as an expert advisor to the Office of the Prosecutor, was the first witness to be called at the ICTY and testified in several cases subsequently. He has published widely on issues to do with the Yugoslav War, war crimes and visual representations of conflict (books include: War and War Crimes (2013), Prosecuting War Crimes: Lessons and Legacies of the ICTY (2013); War, Image and Legitimacy (2007), The Serbian Project and its Adversaries: A Strategy of War Crimes (2003) and Triumph of the Lack of Will: International Diplomacy and the Yugoslav War (1997).