Intrigue in International Court Selection

By Rick Mendenhall

Just last week, the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the conviction of former Serbian General Tolimir for genocide. The former general is expected to remain incarcerated for the rest of his life. Although the decision was delivered without much fanfare, not every recent decision by the ICTY has been free from intrigue. The New York Times covered a heated row among court judges along national lines. The spat resulted in a judge being disqualified from a case.

With national ties playing a role in international courts, the question becomes how should judges be selected to avoid international disagreements? Please join the American Society of International Law on April 24, 2015 as they answer that very question. The panel includes a former judge of the International Criminal tribunal for former Yugoslavia, and the executive director of the Center for Justice and International law. Try not to miss it!