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No proof either side possessed specific intent required for acts of genocide during the Croatian war of secession from Yugoslavia

Croatia v Serbia (General List No. 118)

Related Member(s):
Kate Cook, Edward Craven, Helen Law, Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Public and Private International Law, Human Rights, Crime and Regulatory Law

The International Court of Justice rejected claims of genocide by Serbia and Croatia against each other during the Croatian war of secession from Yugoslavia. The Croatian government had alleged that Serbia committed genocide in the town of Vukovar and elsewhere in 1991. Serbia later filed a counter-claim over the expulsion of more than 200,000 Serbs from Croatia. Held: both sides had carried out violent acts during the war, however, neither side had provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate the “specific intent required for acts of genocide”.

Kate Cook, Edward Craven, Ben Emmerson QC, Helen Law, Blinne Ni Ghralaigh and Philippe Sands QC were involved in this case.