Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Cambridge University Press, May 17, 2010 - History - 330 pages
"This book is essential reading for anyone interested in war crimes tribunals and their place in transitional justice. Nettelfield's wide and thorough research in the literature and on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina make this work stand out in a field already heavily populated. It represents a well-balanced and realistic assessment of the record of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia."- Richard Goldstone, former chief prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda

"Elegantly written and drawing on years of meticulous empirical research, Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a major contribution to theoretical and policy debates on the role of international justice institutions. Nettelfield robustly challenges conventional critical assessments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and in so doing, changes forever the terms of the discussion about the impact of the ICTY in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Should be required reading in courses on human rights, international criminal law and political transitions in post-conflict settings."- Richard A. Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights, Director of the Human Rights Institute, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut

"This work is elegant in its rigor, lively in its tone, and uplifting in its spirit. Nettelfield gracefully moves us beyond turgidly contemptuous or blindly enthusiastic assessments of the relevance of international criminal law. She charts the field's role in post-conflict transition - a modest role, to be sure, and certainly a nuanced one, but also one that fosters democratic development. The book is a must-read for anyone concerned with Bosnia, transitional justice, and the role of law, in life. A tour de force!"- Mark A. Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor and Director, Transnational Law Institute Washington and Lee University School of Law

"Friends of international justice will welcome this balanced, methodologically rigorous assessment of popular responses to the ICTY in the Western Balkans. With its nuanced presentation of the Tribunal's impact, this work amply identifies missteps and pitfalls while providing gracious encouragement to proponents of international jurisprudence."- Robert Donia, Visiting Professor of History, University of Michigan

"Lara Nettelfield has masterfully documented and analyzed the true impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Bosnian society since 1993. She challenges conventional wisdom by demonstrating the Tribunal's modest but largely positive contribution to the democratic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the introduction of new social movements for accountability. This book slays a few dragons and introduces refreshing clarity to a very challenging subject." - Professor David Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law, and former U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001)

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List of Tables
Introduction Assessing the Impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ICTY in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Crafting the Polity Transitional Justice and Democratization
An Unfavorable Context War Dayton and the ICTY
Expanding the Norm of Accountability Srebrenicas Survivors Collective Action and the ICTY
Narrative and CounterNarrative The Case of the Celebici Trial
From the Battlefield to the Barracks The ICTY and the Armed Forces
Localizing War Crimes Prosecutions The Hague to Sarajevo and Beyond
Interview Questions for Chapter 5
Survey Instrument for Chapter 7

Making Progress with Few Resources Civil Society and the ICTY

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About the author (2010)

Lara J. Nettelfield is a Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to joining Royal Holloway, she taught at the University of Exeter and Columbia University in New York City. She has published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the Canadian International Council's International Journal. She has worked for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in addition to nongovernmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nettelfield's writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun. Her research has been funded by Fulbright Hays, the German Marshall Fund, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and Columbia University's Harriman Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley. Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina won the 2011 Marshall Shulman Book Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

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