Prosecuting Violence, Performing Sovereignty: The Trial of Duško Tadić (E. Philipose)

Title: Prosecuting Violence, Performing Sovereignty: The Trial of Duško Tadić
Author: Elizabeth Philipose
Source: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Volume: 15
Number: 2
Year: 2002
Pages: 159-184

Abstract:
This article is a critical reading of the contemporary international legal regulation of warfare and an analysis of war crimes trials as ``sovereignty-producing practices''. Whereas proponents of international law optimistically presume that the advent of war crimes tribunals signifies a humanitarian-inspired erosion of sovereignty in the international system, this article shows that legislating violence in war exemplifies an international commitment to structures which normalize war and violence while individualizing, dehistoricizing and depoliticizing criminal acts. This analysis focuses on the first trial of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia which convicted Duško Tadić of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Page Tools
Share |