News 15 May 12

ICTY Legacy Shared with Serbian Youth

The Hague Tribunal, ICTY, has launched a series of lectures aimed at Serbian youth to introduce them to the legacy of the ICTY, the Tribunal’s Outreach says.

Marija Ristic
Morgijana Breding, Belgrade's Outreach Office | Photo by Media Centre

 According to Morgijana Breding from Belgrade’s ICTY Outreach Office, youth across the region are eager to find out what happened in the 1990s, but they do not have many opportunities.

“Their parents are not open for this kind of discussion, the media reports are usually biased and statements made by important persons from the region about the ICTY are not completely factual,“ Breding said.

The series of university lectures in Serbia are part of the region-wide initiative to reach out to students across the former Yugoslavia.  Lectures are still underway in Bosnia and have been completed in Kosovo, Croatia and Macedonia.

The aim of the lectures is to encourage young people to take an active interest in the ICTY’s work and achievements as well as in wider issues of justice, transitional justice mechanisms and post-conflict recovery.

Breding told BIRN that young people in Serbia, and in the region as a whole, positively reacted to the lectures.  She expressed that this was a unique opportunity to learn about the Tribunal’s work first hand.

“A lecture given by an ICTY lawyer is an excellent opportunity for the students to become more familiar with the Tribunal jurisprudence concerning sexual offences. “

“The ICTY has contributed to the development of international criminal law, most notably by its definition of sexual crimes," said Violeta Besirevic, Professor of Law at Union University Law School, one of the four universities in Serbia where lectures were held.

Michelle Jarvis, the Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor, gave the lectures.  The subject of the presentations was chosen in agreement with the universities.

After the lectures held in universities, the outreach program will continue its presentations in high schools across the Serbian province of Vojvodina.


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