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Born from the fires engulfing the Balkans in the 1990s, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia closes next month having tried and judged dozens of those behind Europe's worst atrocities since World War II. From helping to write the history of the bitter conflict to putting war criminals around the globe on notice that they too could up in the dock, to setting international jurisprudence for such crimes as genocide, law experts say the tribunal leaves an impressive legacy.It became the first international court ever to indict a sitting head of state, when in 1999 it unveiled an indictment against then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic."The international community has decided ... there is going to be criminal accountability for people in the world who do the kinds of things that we're investigating," said David Schwendiman, prosecutor for a specialist court for Kosovo.But he said the age of the expensive – the ICTY cost about $200 million a year – lawyer-heavy courts may be over, in favor of hybrid tribunals, using domestic law and international judges for example.
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