About the Project

About the Project

The Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project seeks to capture the memories, perspectives, and reflections of the individuals who participated in and observed the rapid institution building that occurred during the early years of the ICTY and ICTR. > more

Interviews

Interviews

To date, the Project has interviewed almost thirty judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, and administrators connected to the ICTY and ICTR, as well as commentators on international criminal law and civil society actors. More interviews are planned. > more

Video Clips

Video Clips

The Project has created video clips using selected interview excerpts and still images. These illustrate the unique perspective to be gained through the oral history process. > more

Why a focus on the Ad Hoc Tribunals?

  • The creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) represents a critical development in the roles and responsibilities of the international community in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a development that informs global action today and underscores the need to establish the rule of law and human rights protections everywhere.
  • Individuals and institutions—from activists and scholars to the ICC and any other contemporary or future international criminal tribunal—can learn important lessons from an archive documenting the innovative work that started at the ICTY and ICTR and is now given fuller expression through “successor” institutions.

  • As a primary resource, this growing collection of oral history transcripts can be used in a variety of ways to inform the public about the Ad Hoc Tribunals and international criminal justice more generally. Students, scholars, and educators can use the materials in their research and analysis, in written histories of international criminal tribunals, and in studies across disciplines such as human rights, criminal law, sociology, history, and international relations.

The Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project is an activity of the Programs in International Justice and Society of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Our partner institution is the War Crimes Research Office of American University's Washington College of Law.