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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Loses Appeal on War Crimes Verdict

June 9, 2021

Episode Notes:

Ratko Mladić— the Serbian commander known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” during the wars in the Balkans — lost his appeal of a war crimes and genocide conviction at the U.N. court in the Hague. Mladić is infamous for his leading role in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in a U.N. enclave. The event was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Beth Van Schaack — a professor at Stanford Law School and a former deputy to the ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues at the State Department — joins the Warcast to discuss the ruling and what it mean for legal efforts to prevent genocide going forward.


[ 01:30 ] Importance of this ruling

[ 01:48 ] Implications for international law

[ 03:48 ] Big questions going forward

[ 06:54 ] Steps for Biden administration

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