Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Deterring Wartime Atrocities: Hard Lessons from the Yugoslav Tribunal

  • Jacqueline R. McAllister
| Winter 2019/20


Wartime international criminal tribunals (ICTs) are most likely to deter government and rebel forces from employing violence against civilians when all three of the following conditions are present: (1) ICT officials have secured prosecutorial support; (2) combatant groups rely on support from liberal constituencies; and (3) combatant groups have centralized structures.

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Jacqueline R. McAllister, “Deterring Wartime Atrocities: Hard Lessons from the Yugoslav Tribunal,” International Security, Vol. 44, No. 3 (Winter 2019/20), pp. 84–128,

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