An interview with Diederick Zanen, Supervisor of Language Assistance Projects, ICTY (1997-2009), for the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project

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dc.description.abstract A transcript of an interview with Diederick Zanen by Leigh Swigart and David P. Briand. The interview took place on May 24,2015 in The Hague, Netherlands, and the transcript, which is represented here, has been reviewed and edited from the original audio version. During the interview, Zanen reminisces on impression of the Yugoslavian conflict while at university; first months working in the OTP and informality of the office; measures to secure documents and information; treatment of tribunal personnel from former Yugoslavia in early years; evolution and increase in supervisory responsibilities over translators and field interpreters; evolution of positions and titles within tribunal staff; Completion Strategy and plans for post-tribunal employment; need to visit former Yugoslavia to see country as more than conflict zone; experiences in Zagreb; changes in OTP office with changes in chief prosecutor, and emotional impact of working at ICTY during Kosovo crisis. Zanen also discusses the role of Dutch Battalion [Dutchbat] in Srebrenica; The Hague as a city of international law; geographic distribution of tribunal personnel; security screening for everyone working at tribunal; need to retain experienced personnel balanced against uncertainty of employment; English as a primary language spoken in OTP; influence of ICTY on ICC; challenges of array of different languages in ICC; process of translating and hiring language experts at ICC; process of organizing documents from different teams to minimize translation of duplicate documents at ICTY; importance of fair process and institutional integrity in international tribunals.
dc.description.sponsorship International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
dc.format.extent 38 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 Yugoslav War, 1991-1995.
dc.subject.lcsh Croatia -- History -- 1990-
dc.subject.lcsh International Criminal Court.
dc.subject.lcsh Fair trial.
dc.subject.lcsh Multilingual communication.
dc.subject.lcsh Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
dc.title An interview with Diederick Zanen, Supervisor of Language Assistance Projects, ICTY (1997-2009), for the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project
dc.type text
dc.contributor.interviewee Zanen, Diederick
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. 2015 International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

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