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The conviction by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia of Radovan Karad?ic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, for crimes against humanity and genocide filled many, including me, with a sense of deep satisfaction.Not even the not-guilty verdict of the Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj, reached just a few days after Karad?ic's, can undermine that impact.As a result, it was difficult to imagine that the international community would ever bring the aggressors to justice.As I acknowledged at the time, that prediction certainly had merit; nonetheless, I persisted in contending that the tribunal could eventually bring to justice many of those most responsible.Following Karad?ic's conviction, for example, the tribunal cleared Seselj of nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity related to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia's Vojvodina region.Moreover, the ICTY has cooperated with courts in Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia to bring to justice many lower-ranking participants in the post-Yugoslav wars. And the European Union has recently established a special court to deal with crimes by Kosovar forces in the war they fought later in the decade. Also, of course, it was the ICTY that inspired the establishment of other international criminal tribunals, including the permanent International Criminal Court.
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