President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (hereinafter ICTY) judge Carmel Agius delivered a lecture today at 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 Mr. Agius official visit to BiH, where he planned on meeting with Bih officials and discuss the legacy of ICTY in the country. Mr. Agius is also planning on taking part in the ICTY’s final Legacy Conference "ICTY Legacy Dialogues", which takes place from June 22-24 in Sarajevo.
Speaking to AUBiH students, judge Agius pointed out that BiH youth must take a more proactive role in creation 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 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 have shown great interest both in the lecture and topic thereof, leading to a lengthy Q&A afterwards. After the lecture, President of AUBiH Denis Prcic presented judge Agius with a Leadership Award for his long-time service to international humanitarian law.
Judge Carmel Agius is the Tribunal’s current President, elected to this position by his fellow Judges on 21 October 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.