Former Judge Advocate Generals Discuss Gotovina Verdict
On Friday, Nov. 4, Emory Law’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic will host an expert roundtable on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s decision in the case of former Croatian General Ante Gotovina.
On April 15, the ICTY handed down its judgment in the case against three top Croatian generals for alleged war crimes and other violations of international law committed during Operation Storm, the Croatian offensive to recapture the Kraijina region, a Serb-dominated area of Croatia. The Tribunal convicted Gotovina and one other defendant, Mladen Markac, of joint criminal enterprise, war crimes and persecution, among other serious international crimes.
From a legal and evidentiary perspective—particularly in the area of the law of armed conflict applicable to targeting decisions and operations—the judgment has raised serious concerns about the application of the law in future military operations, said Laurie Blank, director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic.
“The goal is to discuss and critique exclusively the targeting portions of the judgment’s analysis and findings, particularly with an eye to second and third order effects going forward,” Blank said.
Friday’s roundtable will include two former judge advocate generals for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy and two former deputy judge advocates generals from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Several other experts on the law of war, specifically the law of targeting, from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada also will participate.
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