Genocide in the Practice of the ICTY

The lecture “Genocide in the practice of the ICTY” was held at the International University of Sarajevo on December 16, 2014. This event is successfully organized with cooperation of representative  of the Secretariat of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Bosnia and Herzegovina and International University of Sarajevo. Lecturer Amir Čengić, a former legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) talked about different understandings of the term genocide from the perspective of the public and the lawyers. 

During his lecture, Čengić explained the legal definition of the meaning genocide as well as its application in practice of the ICTY, and he also tried to give a good explanation to the students in terms of “what is considered genocide” in the eyes of the international law. "This definition may be different from what people think of genocide in everyday life," explained Čengić. He also presented some cases on which the ICTY was working where genocide is treated as an international crime. 

Čengić stressed out that the aim of the lecture was to explain the concept of genocide as one of most serious crimes, and explain whether it is necessary to prove the commission of mass murder in order to prove genocide. This lecture was a unique opportunity for students to learn more about this interesting topic and ask questions related to war crimes and the international law.