Croak-Bosnian War

International Law

Repercussions for Destruction of Cultural Property: Intensified for the Individual or the Aggregate?

October 25, 2018 Rachel Sereix 0

     Nearly twenty-five years after the founding of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, there remains a lack of analysis regarding the impact of severe war crimes on cultural property. The Yugoslav Wars precipitated the growth of numerous paramilitary groups that sought havoc and unrest amongst villages and towns that did not share their ethnic makeup or cultural affiliation. Do International Criminal Tribunal cases in which cultural property was destroyed result in relatively consistent outcomes; if not, is there greater penalization for individual violators or coalition violators in the former Yugoslavia? If an explanation can be provided for possible inconsistencies amongst sentence length between coalition and individual violators, the results can be applied to the United Nations enforcement of Article III of The Hague Convention deter future violators from committing crimes directed at cultural property, and provide insight as to whether inconsistencies in sentence length exist beyond the […]