An interview with Alexandra Tomic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Translator, ICTY (1994-2003), for the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project

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dc.description.abstract A transcript of an interview with Alexandra Tomic by Leigh Swigart and David P. Briand. The interview took place on May 25, 2015 at The Hague, Netherlands, and the transcript, which is represented here, has been reviewed and edited from the original audio version. During the interview, Tomic reminisces on life in England at the beginning of break-up of the former Yugoslavia; work as an interpreter for Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian refugees in Holland; first assignment and early translation work at ICTY; experience as Belgravian expatriate in Holland; first mission doing English/French interpretation; missions to Zagreb and Sarajevo after Dayton Peace Accords; difficulties as a Serbian during interpretations; interpretation of witness interviews and sensitivity issues that arose; first time in BCS booth during courtroom arguments; interpretation for defense counsel at the detention center and contact with the accused; decision to leave ICTY for ICC and challenge of building new position; tensions at ICTY during 1999 NATO air strikes on Belgrade, and adjustments to ICC translation section. Tomic also discusses classification of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian [BCS] as single language; internal dynamics and tensions within ICTY's BCS translators; attempts by the Tribunal to contact witnesses and prosecute defendants in a balanced way; structure of investigating and interpretation teams for witness interviews; mental preparation for and toll of witness interviews; differences between Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian and difficulties proofreading documents in BCS; impact of work on personal life, and challenges of translating and interpreting variety of languages at ICC.
dc.description.sponsorship International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
dc.format.extent 43 p. + index
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartof International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life Records
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project
dc.rights Copyright restrictions may apply. For permission to copy or use this image, contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries
dc.subject.lcsh International Criminal Court.
dc.subject.lcsh Dayton Peace Accords (1995)
dc.subject.lcsh North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
dc.subject.lcsh Bombing, Aerial -- Serbia -- Belgrade.
dc.subject.lcsh War crime trials.
dc.subject.lcsh Translating and interpreting.
dc.subject.lcsh Serbo-Croatian language.
dc.title An interview with Alexandra Tomic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Translator, ICTY (1994-2003), for the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project
dc.type text
dc.contributor.interviewee Tomic, Alexandra
dc.contributor.interviewer Swigart, Leigh
dc.contributor.interviewer Briand, David P.
dc.subject.lcnaf International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991. 2016 International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

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