The Mladić trial – international criminal justice at a crossroads

with Jonas Nilsson

Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice invites you to a seminar with

Jonas Nilsson


The Mladić trial – international criminal justice at a crossroads

Jonas Nilsson worked at ICTY between 2005 and 2017 as a Senior Legal Officer and Legal Officer. He has a Master of Laws from the University of Lund and a Master of International Human Rights Law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund. Jonas Nilsson has previously worked with human rights and refugee law at Amnesty International and the Swedish Helsinki Committee. Between 2001 and 2003, he lived in Kosovo and worked at the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo as the Director of Investigations. He has published many articles on international criminal law and human rights, including articles for the Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice (Antonio Cassese, Ed.), Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure – Annotated (Larcier), and the Commentary on the Law of the International Criminal Court (Mark Klamberg, Ed.).

On 22 November 2017, the ICTY rendered the judgment in its final trial, in the case of Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić. The judgment marked the end of the trial proceedings in this case and of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The establishment of the ICTY almost 25 years earlier had come to mark the beginning of a new era for international criminal justice and its work triggered the creation of new institutions, including the International Criminal Court. The trial and judgment against Ratko Mladić is an important milestone and an opportunity to consider the way forward for international criminal justice. As one of the biggest war crimes trials in history, it presents numerous challenges and lessons that are relevant for all other present and future international courts and tribunals. Jonas Nilsson was the Senior Legal Officer advising the Trial Chamber throughout the pre-trial and trial proceedings in this case. He is therefore in a unique position to provide an insider’s perspective of these challenges and lessons.

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