Response to Question on the Relevance of The Hague Tribunal

Do you think The Hague is an adequate forum for the trial of war criminals? If not, is there an institution better suited to this task?

Thomas P. Melady (Ambassador to the Holy See, 1989-1993; Ambassador to Uganda, 1972-1973; Ambassador to Burundi, 1969-1972) responded:

The major problem, in my opinion, is that it is surrounded by constant controversy.  This includes the “almost obscene” length of time it takes to receive a verdict combined with the numerous leaks.  While the American judicial system is not perfect, The Hague in my opinion, could learn a few lessons on how to maintain an orderly just and honest framework about its judicial process.