The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War

Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers is pleased to announce that it is supporting the UK launch of the "The Investigator: emons of the Balkan War" by Vladimir Dzuro.  Co-founder of The Guernica Group, Toby Cadman will join the illustrious panel at The Frontline Club including  Guernica Advisory Council Member, HHJ Joanna Korner QC, Channel 4 News’s Lindsey Hilsum and ICTY investigator, Kevin Curtis.


To attend the event please book a ticket here.


Event Summary


The conflict in the former Yugoslavia saw unspeakable acts of violence committed against civilians, soldiers and prisoners of war. One of the many sites where atrocities took place was Ovčara, near the town of Vukovar, where, in November 1991, 261 men, mostly Croatians, were executed by Serbian paramilitaries and buried in a mass grave.



One of the investigators tasked with tracking down and arresting those responsible for that massacre was Vladimir Dzuro, a former homicide detective from Prague. Ahead of the English publication of his book, The Investigator, Dzuro will be at Frontline to talk about how he and his team tracked down and arrested one of the key perpetrators, Slavko Dokmanovic, the mayor of Vukovar and the first in a long list of war criminals to be tried and convicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).


Dzuro will be joined by Joanna Korner, Senior Prosecutor for the ICTY between 1999-2004 and 2009-2012, who was responsible for prosecuting high-level leaders charged with grave breaches of international humanitarian law, as well as Kevin Curtis, a former colleague and ex-English police officer who participated in the arrest of Slavko Dokmanovic and who also arrested Slobodan Milosevic. Channel 4 News’s Lindsey Hilsum, who reported from the Balkan wars during the 1990s, will moderate the discussion and bring her own insights from the conflict. How successful was the ICTY in punishing those responsible for war crimes and did it deliver justice for the victims and survivors of their crimes?


This event is organised in collaboration with the Czech Centre London. For more information on the book, please visit this website.


Reviews for The Investigator: 


The Investigator is a raw and unique first hand account of an extraordinary pursuit of justice in the face of absolute horror.” – Julian Borger, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and World Affairs Editor for the Guardian


“Personal accounts of investigations of war crimes, such as this one… breathe life into the abstract project of accountability and show the challenges of operating a criminal justice system in an international environment.” – Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1996-99)

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