The ICTY is a United Nations (UN) court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. Since its establishment in 1993, the Tribunal has irreversibly changed the landscape of international criminal and humanitarian law and provided victims of the Balkans conflicts with an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced.
The ICTY was the first war crimes court created by the UN and the first international war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals. Situated in The Hague, the Netherlands, the ICTY has issued indictments against 161 individuals. Those indicted by the ICTY include heads of state, prime ministers, army chiefs-of- staff, interior ministers and many other high- and mid-level political, military and police leaders from various parties to the Yugoslav conflicts, demonstrating that an individual’s senior position can no longer protect them from prosecution. All of those publicly indicted by the ICTY have been apprehended and there are no fugitives still at large.
While operating at full capacity on one remaining trial and one appeal, the Tribunal is working towards the completion of its operations and will be officially closing its doors at the end of 2017.
The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is a UN court mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the ICTY.
The MICT has two branches – one in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, and one in The Hague. In carrying out its functions, including witness protection and the provision of assistance to national jurisdictions, the MICT maintains the legacies of these two pioneering ad hoc international criminal tribunals and strives to reflect best practices in the field of international criminal justice. The MICT is currently conducting appeal proceedings in the ICTY cases of Radovan Karadžić and Vojislav Šešelj as well as a retrial in the case of Jovica Stanišić & Franko Simatović, among other judicial matters.
The Hague branch of the Mechanism shares its premises with the ICTY and will continue working in parallel with the ICTY until the ICTY’s closure.
On 24 September 2017, the ICTY and the MICT will open their doors to the public.
Visiting the ICTY/MICT will offer the opportunity to learn more about the work of these organizations, the history of landmark cases on genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, as well as the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. For more information, see the programme and registration details.
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Highlight sessions and Q&A sessions with ICTY/MICT judges and principals
- Tour of an ICTY/MICT courtroom
- Documentaries about the work of the ICTY
- General presentations and Q&A sessions
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
2517 JW The Hague
Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT)
2517 JW The Hague