[update 25.10.2023.] also available in Italian! 
Now available the publication number 7 of Jugocoord's series orientamenti


George Szamuely, Andy Wilcoxson, Jovan Milojevich, The Balkan Conflict Research Team


International Tribunal for Crimes in Former Yugoslavia: Origins and Activities

Essays Submitted to the 2nd Edition of the International "Giuseppe Torre" Award


Editors: Ivana Kerečki, Andrea Martocchia, Jean Toschi Marazzani Visconti, Federica Turner


orientamenti series no.7

Publisher: Jugocoord, 2022

Press: StreetLib.com
164 pages, 17x24 cm, 18 euro / eBook: 9 euro
ISBN: 9791221370539 / eBook: 9791222031910


The second edition of the Giuseppe Torre Award sponsored by the Italian National Coordination for Yugoslavia took place in 2020-2021. The jury chose the competition winners for the best essays on the International Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The prize rewards authors of texts on a subject generally considered untouchable, if not true heresy against the single dominant thought.


From the Editor's Introduction:

(...) The essays contained in this volume amply explain how this choice was operated on the edge of illegality and how the management of the ICTY trials was completely outside the normal procedure of justice, bending laws and proceedings to the need of the court to convict some defendants and absolve others of the same charges. (...) 
In 2007, the National Coordination for Yugoslavia became a legally recognized association. A Coordination fan, Giuseppe Torre, died prematurely in 2014 and left a legacy to the group, to be used to reveal crimes against Serbs. From this bequest, the Coordination members and their secretary Andrea Martocchia launched the Giuseppe Torre Award for the best essays on the International Tribunal for Crimes in the former Yugoslavia. 'The theme of the “ad hoc Tribunal” remains current and is indeed essential for those who want to devote themselves to the interpretation of the contemporary Yugoslav crisis. On the other hand, this Competition and our other initiatives on this subject are not only the fruit of our desire to clarify the uses and abuses of International Law,' explained Andrea Martocchia.
In 2018, the first edition jury composed of Aldo Bernardini, Chiara Vitucci and myself awarded ex aequo Stephan Karganovic for his ICTY and Srebrenica and Jovan Milojevich for When Justice Falls: Re-raising the Question of Ethnic Bias at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a special mention was given to Tiphaine Dickson’s essay On the Poverty, Rise, and Demise of International Criminal Law.
The two essay winners of the 2018 edition of the Giuseppe Torre Award, plus two further essays by Christopher Black, a well-known internationalist lawyer, and Višeslav Simić, professor of Geopolitics in Mexico, with the foreword of Canadian ambassador James Bisset and afterword of Peter Brock and mine were published in The Hague Tribunal, Srebrenica and the Miscarriage of Justice (Unwritten History Inc., Chicago 2019). (...)
In 2021, the second edition jury, composed of Ugo Villani, Ugo Giannangeli and myself, unanimously awarded the first prize to George Szamuely for Securing Desired Outcomes: The Political Mission of the ICTY and the second prize ex aequo to George Andrew Wilcoxson for A critical look at the ICTY – The Tribunal’s Origins and Behavior, and to Jonathan Rooper on behalf of the BCRT collective (The Balkan Conflicts Research Team) for Truth and Justice – the American Way. How the ICTY distorted history and perverted justice.
The quality of all essays is excellent and the organizers of the Giuseppe Torre Award decided to publish them all with an additional fourth one by Jovan Milojevich. This book was thus born and, according to the cuts of various authors, delivers a vision of justice administered by the Hague Tribunal that corresponds to the Law infringements and violations of those who financed it to cover their own crimes against humanity.

Jean Toschi Marazzani Visconti



1. Introduction (Jean Toschi Marazzani Visconti)                                                               9
2. International Law Subject to Politics (Ugo Giannangeli)                                                 15
3. “Giuseppe Torre” Competition – Second Edition: the Call                                               19
4. The Winners of the “G. Torre” Award, ed. 2020                                                            23
5. Securing Desired Outcomes: The Political Mission of the ICTY (George Szamuely)            25
6. Truth and Justice – the American Way. How the ICTY Distorted History and Perverted
Justice (BCRT collective)                                                                                                65 
7. A Critical Look at the ICTY – The Tribunal’s Origins and Behaviour (Andy Wilcoxson)        109 
8. The Hague Tribunal (ICTY): The Ultimate Propaganda and Foreign Policy Tool
(Jovan Milojevich)                                                                                                        131 




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orientamenti series

In Italy, the knowledge of the Yugoslav and Balkans’ reality is less than scarce. Albeit geographical proximity, common histories and unavoidable cultural exchanges along the centuries, the image which stays hegemonic in the public opinion can be summarized with the famous motto: hic sunt leones. While exotism and intellectualism on one side, prejudice and hostility on the other side do generally prevail when dealing with the Slavic world, after the dramatic crisis of the end of the XX century the inclination has been further encouraged, in the specific Yugoslav issue, to cancel every hint of the both unitary and multifaceted features typical of that cultural and historic-political space.
That is why the Italian no-profit organization Coordination for Yugoslavia (Coordinamento Nazionale per la Jugoslavia Onlus) has set itself as a constituent objective to enable a greater integration of knowledges on this matter, and to this aim “publish books, brochures, multimedia documents" as well as disseminate and make information always available through the newest telematic tools, and promote specific cultural and informative initiatives.
In line with this understanding, the series { orientamenti } has been kicked off, which, by operating in territories of the Culture which are currently populated only little and poorly, necessarily aims to provide first of all the basic tools – republishing classics or translating important texts which never appeared before in Italy, providing synthetic and informative tools on different themes, responding to the requests of those who are really interested in knowing and understanding.


Slavic and Balkans’ art and culture / Contemporary History / Liberation movement / International politics / Slavic world / Biographies / Workers’ and anti-fascist movement / Partisans’ internationalism / Political theory / Linguistics / Nationalities and identities / Friendship among the peoples / Macroeconomics / Materials for the organization