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  • JUDGE CARMEL AGIUS

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (hereinafter ICTY), Judge Carmel Agius, delivered a lecture today at the headquarters of the BiH Armed Forces, where he spoke to AUBiH students and elaborated on the work and results achieved by the ICTY in the past few years.

The lecture was part of Judge Agius' official visit to BiH, where he plans on meeting with BiH officials to discuss the legacy of ICTY in the country. Judge Agius is also planning on taking part in the ICTY’s final Legacy Conference "ICTY Legacy Dialogues" which takes place from June 22-24 2017, in Sarajevo.

Speaking to AUBiH students, Judge Agius pointed out that BiH youth must take a more proactive role in the creation of policies and improvement of the general political climate in the country, since changes within BiH must start in the country, rather than waiting for solutions by the European Union.

"How can the European Union help you when your smaller towns still have schools with three different learning materials? You know very well who is responsible; I cannot tell you that. What I can tell you, however, is that you must build a better future. I do not live here and thus I do not know exactly how, but do not expect the European Union to swoop in and order these books to be removed, schools to be united and ethnic intolerance to cease", pointed out Judge Agius.

Students showed great interest both in the lecture and topic thereof, leading to a lengthy Q&A afterwards. After the lecture, the President of AUBiH, Denis Prcić presented Judge Agius with a Leadership Award for his longtime service to international humanitarian law.

Judge Carmel Agius is the Tribunal’s current President, elected to this position by his fellow Judges on October 21, 2015. He served as Vice-President from 2011 through 2015 and is also an Appeals Chamber judge of both the Tribunal and the ICTR. He was first elected to the Tribunal in 2001 and re-elected in 2004. Between 2003 and 2010, he was Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber II of the Tribunal. He also represented the Maltese Government at the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th United Nations Congresses on Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders.