In this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, photo, a woman touches grave stones at the memorial center of Potocari near Srebrenica, Bosnia. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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When a panel of U.N. judges hands down a verdict next week in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, it will mark the end of a groundbreaking era in international law. Yet a new age of international justice is already underway, with other temporary courts and tribunals springing up around the world to prosecute atrocities.Mladic's trial is the last at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which was set up in 1993 to prosecute crimes committed in the Balkan wars of the early '90s.What the Yugoslav court hasn't done, however, is stop such crimes from happening.Based in The Hague and staffed by international judges, the court is part of Kosovo's legal system set up specifically to preside over trials arising from a Council of Europe report into organ trafficking allegations and other crimes.The same improvised courtroom hosted the trial of Charles Taylor, the one-time president of Liberia who was convicted in 2012 by a temporary international court of involvement in crimes in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war and sentenced to 50 years in prison.The eyes of the world will be on the Yugoslav court as it proclaims judgment in Mladic's trial.
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