Marlies Glasius, born in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands, in 1969. Ph.D. from Utrecht University. Associate Professor in International Relations at University of Amsterdam.
Fellow (1 February 2012 – 30 June 2012)
THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA AS EDUCATIONAL THEATRE: THE KARADŽIĆ CASE
This research project attempted to fill a gap in the literature on international criminal justice, which attempts to assess its socio-political effects but lacks a theory of how and why such trials are supposed to have impacts on affected societies. It focused on the case against a key defendant before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Radovan Karadžić. It applied the metaphor of ‘theatre’ to international criminal trials, proposing that trials can educate publics about truths, guilt, and the rule of law through the educational performance of the trial. However, whether such educational theatre succeeds will depend on the nature of the actors, the audience, and the stage itself. Radovan Karadžić succeeded in thwarting and disrupting the educational performance to a considerable extent.