Film Screening: Seeking Truth in the Balkans

Thursday, November 12, 2015
3:00 pm
Rennert Hall at the Kraft Center (606 West 115th Street)

Please join us for a screening of the documentary film Seeking Truth in the Balkans as part of the two-day conference 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords: Bosnia’s Uncharted Future and Balkan Lessons for Global Application.

Seeking Truth in the Balkans is an award-winning documentary about the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia, which is slowly wrapping up its last cases in The Hague. A trailer can be viewed here.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Jennifer Trahan, New York University; Belinda Cooper, Columbia University and NYU; Richard Dicker, Human Rights Watch; and moderated by Dijana Jelača, St. John's University

Jennifer Trahan is Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at N.Y.U.  She has served as counsel to the International Justice Program of HRW, as Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center of Transitional Justice, and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  She is the author of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  She is also the author of scores of law review articles on war crimes.  She has taught at Columbia University, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, The New School, and lectured at Salzburg Law School.

Belinda Cooper is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University's Center for Global Affairs and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. She is the editor of War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg. She has taken part in women's rights fact-finding missions to Armenia, Uzbekistan and Tanzania and coauthored reports on domestic violence in those countries. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and many others. She holds a law degree from Yale Law School and has taught human rights, international law, transitional justice and gender and the law at The New School, Brooklyn College, Ohio Northern University Law School, Seton Hall Law School and Humboldt University.

Richard Dicker has been the director of Human Rights Watch's international justice program since it was founded in 2001 and has worked at HRW since 1991. He started working on international justice issues in 1994 when HRW attempted to bring a case before the International Court of Justice charging the government of Iraq with genocide against the Kurds. Dicker later led the HRW multi-year campaign to establish the International Criminal Court. He monitored the Slobodan Milosevic trial in The Hague and made many trips to Iraq before and at the start of Saddam Hussein's trial. A former civil rights attorney in New York, Dicker graduated from New York University Law School and received his LLM from Columbia University.

Dijana Jelača holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her areas of specialty include critical cultural studies, transnational feminist theories, critical ethnic studies, trauma and memory studies, and studies of post-Socialism and affect. Jelača's work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media StudiesStudies in Eastern European Cinema and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book, Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave) focuses on trauma narratives as cultural memory in cinema after Yugoslavia. She currently teaches in the Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theatre at St. John’s University.