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International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change

The Impact on Media Coverage, Volume 1


Edited By Klaus Bachmann, Irena Ristić and Gerhard Kemp

Do International Criminal Tribunals trigger social change, provide reconciliation, stabilize fragile post-conflict societies? Many authors claim they do, but they base their assumptions mainly on theoretical considerations and opinion polls. The editors and authors of this book take a different position: based on extensive field research in nine European and African countries, they examine whether tribunal decisions resulted in changes in media frames about the conflicts which gave rise to the creation of these tribunals. International Tribunals hardly ever shape or change the grand narratives about wars and other conflicts, but they often manage to trigger small changes in media frames which, in some cases, even lead to public reflexion about guilt and responsibility and more awareness for (the respective enemy’s) victims. On an empirical basis, this book shows the potential of International Criminal Justice, the possibilities, but also the limits of International Criminal Tribunals. Volume 1 presents the evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Croatia.

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This publication was financially supported by the Polish National Research Center (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) through the grant nr. 2012/06/A/HS5/00249 and a grant awarded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education based on decision nr 215443/E-560/S/2013-1. Klaus Bachmann and Gerhard Kemp also extend their gratitude to the Robert Bosch Foundation, where they were able to work on the final version of both volumes during their fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin in 2017 and to STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Wallenberg Research Center at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa, where they were able to discuss the results of the project with Dire Tladi from the University of Pretoria and other STIAS fellows. None of the opinions in this book should be attributed to the Bosch-Foundation, its trustees or officers.

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ISSN 2191-3307

ISBN 978-3-631-77051-1 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-77947-7 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-77948-4 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-77949-1 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/b15169

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