The trial of Slobodan Milosevic
A twenty-first century trial?
in Domestic and international trials, 1700–2000

On Tuesday, 3 July 2001, Slobodan Milosevic made an initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was the first former head of state in history to be prosecuted for war crimes by an international tribunal. The case was set down for trial by Trial Chamber III, composed of three judges. The prosecution team is headed by the ICTY Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, a former Attorney General of Switzerland, and includes advocates from the UK and the Netherlands. There is no defence counsel because Milosevic stated his wish to defend himself. Milosevic vigorously denied the allegations of wrongdoing and argued instead that responsibility lay chiefly with the Kosovo Liberation Army ('KLA') and NATO. Whatever its outcome, Milosevic trial may have deep and lasting significance for international law and international institutions.

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Domestic and international trials, 1700–2000

The trial in history, volume II

Editor: R. A. Melikan

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