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War Crimes Tribunal

The following articles present opposing viewpoints as to the purpose, necessity, and effectiveness of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

POINT: War Crimes Tribunal is an Imperative

Aryeh Neier, former Director of Human Rights Watch, is currently president of the Open Society Fund, the umbrella organization for the Soros Foundation network. In addition to contributing to major publications, including the New York Times, The Nation, and Foreign Policy, Neier has participated in a number of investigatory missions to the former Yugoslavia and has played a leading role in the establishment of the IT.

COUNTERPOINT: War Crimes Trials -- Not a Good Idea

Herman Schwartz, a leading advocate of civil liberties and prisoners' rights in the United States, is a professor of law at the Washington College of Law (WCL), American University, and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at WCL. Schwartz is currently a member of the American delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva and represented the United States at the UN World Human Rights Conference in Vienna in June of 1993.

Point/Counterpoint is a regular feature of The Human Rights Brief. The purpose of the section is to encourage meaningful, intellectual discussion on contemporary issues in human rights and humanitarian law through the presentation of two diverse, though not necessarily opposing, opinions on the subject at hand. Commentaries for the Point/Counterpoint section are generally solicited by The Brief; however, the Editorial Board welcomes submissions, comments and suggestions. The newsletter does not facilitate exchange of the authors' compositions prior to publication. The views expressed in the Point/Counterpoint section are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Human Rights Brief, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, or their Directors or staff.

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