June 14, 2011 -- David Kaye, the executive director of UCLA Law's International Human Rights Law Program, commented on former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic's first appearance before the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. His comment appear in a Voice of America article.
David Kaye, international law expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, says the U.N. had a particular reason to set up an international court during the conflict - deterrence.
“That if there was a mechanism out there to hold individuals accountable, it might cause people on the ground, that is military officers or political leaders, those responsible for these kinds of crimes, might cause them to think twice - because if they committed the act, maybe they’d be indicted and sent to The Hague for a trial,” Kaye said.
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