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Karadzic trial

November 1, 2009

The fiasco of the Milosevic trial produced a growing literature
critical of international criminal tribunals and skeptical of the
utility of these types of prosecutions. Much of that literature
evaluates these types of prosecutions through the lens of restorative justice (broadly how the procedures fail to promote reconciliation) or norms production (how
these trials often fail to deter future crimes). I think these are all
valid critiques. But, if we look purely through the lens of retributive
justice (whereby the focus is on the punishment of a particular crime),
I think trials against the likes of Milsovic, Karadzic, and the other
most notorious war criminals are probably worth the candle.

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