John Hagan

Northwestern University

John Hagan, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, will write a book on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). His study will include an analysis of the factors leading to the transformation of a social movement into a functioning legal institution. What effect, for example, did the political climate have on both the lag in global human rights enforcement since Nuremberg and on the new opportunities for enforcement arising at century's end? How were human rights and women's groups mobilized to frame the need for an international response to crimes against humanity in the Balkans? Hagan will explore how Louise Arbour, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY during the Kosovo crisis, worked with the media to reframe public views of the Tribunal and to broaden its scope of influence. Hagan will also draw on ICTY documents, surveys, and personal interviews with ICTY employees to provide an ethnographic picture of how the Tribunal works and how investigation and trial teams, unique in their multi-disciplinary structure and long-term commitment, build and try cases.


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