ICTY Digital Archive

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Digital Archive provides access to a range of documents and other records associated with the work of the ICTY.  The result of an ongoing collaboration between Dodd Impact, the UConn Libraries, the Connecticut Digital Archive, and individual scholars, witnesses, and others involved in the Tribunal, the ICTY Digital Archive seeks to make the work of the tribunal accessible to researchers, educators, students, and others. The project continues to work to identify, evaluate, process, and make available additional materials with the goal of advancing a better understanding of the work of the ICTY and the history of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Robert Donia Collection

Robert Donia

The documents in the collection were admitted into evidence on July 22, 2010, in the case of The Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić, subsequent to being referenced in the testimony of Robert Donia. Robert J. Donia served as an expert witness at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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Predrag Dojčinović Collection

Predrag Dojčinović

The records from The Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić offer multifaceted historical, political, military, cultural and legal narratives, covering the time frame before, during and after the crime of genocide was committed against the Muslim population of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Read more about the collection. 

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International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia courtroom

ICTY Archive’s Path to The Dodd Center for Human Rights

The following publications outline the call for open ICTY archival access, beginning in 2008.

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Truths, Memories and Historians in the Archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Robert Donia
pp. 223–228 in H.G. van der Wilt, J. Vervliet, G.K. Sluiter. J.Th.M. Houwink ten Cate (eds), The Genocide Convention: The Legacy of 60 Years (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden 2012)

OTP-ICTY Digital Archives Project Proposal
Complete documentation on file with Predrag Dojčinović

Safeguarding the Hague Tribunal’s Unique War Archives, Balkan Transitional Justice 
Richard A. Wilson, Robert J. Donia, Saskia Baas
March 30, 2016

Op-ed: Preserve the Archives of the Yugoslavia Tribunal, NRC Handelsblad
Saskia Baas and Richard Ashby Wilson
April 4, 2016

The ICTY Library: War Criminals as Authors, Their Works as Sources
pp. 333-348 in International Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 28, Issue 4, April 16, 2018
Vladimir Petrović,

The Truths of the War, Leuven Transitional Justice Blog, Institute of Criminology at the University of Leuven
Predrag Dojčinović
October 11, 2018

The Predrag Dojčinović Collection

Ratko Mladić Genocidal Intent Documents

In 2012, a team of researchers from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), supervised by Predrag Dojčinović and senior trial attorneys, undertook a special project defined within the scope of two genocide charges (see Fourth Amended Indictment.pdf, dated December 16, 2011) against the Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić (ICTY, Case No. IT-09-92) in the last trial to be held before this tribunal in The Hague.

The project’s principal objective was to identify all available direct and indirect evidence of ‘genocidal intent’ (also known as ‘specific intent’ or dolus specialis), captured in this requisite element of genocidal mens rea (‘guilty mind’) emerging from the utterances and speech acts of Ratko Mladić and other members of the joint criminal enterprise (JCE). The search for the manifestations of ‘genocidal intent’ focused entirely on the place of its conception: the mind of the speaker and language as the main instrument of communication. Built on the contextually, cognitively and legally defined selection of key words and phrases, the project resulted in the creation of an internal OTP database with a comprehensively catalogued lexicon of relevant utterances and speech acts (see search criteria in The Lexicon of Genocidal Intent in the Trial of Ratko Mladić). As a roadmap to Mladić’s and other JCE members’ genocidal mens rea, this unique body of evidence was utilized by the Prosecution’s trial team through the examination and cross-examination of witnesses, oral and written submissions, and the Prosecution’s Final Trial Brief. The relevant exhibits, submissions and witness testimonies were assessed and adjudicated by the Mladić Trial Chamber in the series of decisions and, ultimately, the Trial Judgment of November 22, 2017.

Order of the Collection

It is suggested that, for research and educational narrative purposes, the collection be approached in the following order:

  1. ‘In the Mind of the Crime: Proving the Mens Rea of Genocidal Intent in the Words of Ratko Mladić and Other Members of the Joint Criminal Enterprise’ by Predrag Dojčinović, in P. Dojčinović (ed.), Propaganda and International Criminal Law: From Cognition to Criminality, Routledge 2019, pp. 179-198
  2. The Lexicon of Genocidal Intent in the Trial of Ratko Mladić (ICTY, Case No. IT-09-92) [see below]
  3. Trial Exhibits & Court Transcripts 
  4. Motions & Decisions 
  5. Rule 98 bis Appeal Chamber Decision
  6. Prosecution Final Trial Brief, 10 August 2017 (Made Public Pursuant to TCI Decision of 02/10/2017, D113143-D113141)
  7. Trial Judgment, Vols 1-4

Lexicon of Genocidal Intent in the Trial of Ratko Mladić

Created by Predrag Dojčinović, this lexicon outlines keywords and phrases used to identify Mladić's genocidal intent – or dolus specialis. All terms are linked to searches within the digital archive, which collect specific pages associated with the search term.