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PhD Students

Elif Gurdogan


Research Interests:

  • International peace and security
  • War crimes
  • Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • International criminal law
  • International humanitarian law
  • Internation human rights law

Thesis Title:

To what extent were the functioning and fairness of adversarial trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia impacted by the practical, ethical, social, financial, technological and political issues affecting it?


International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was instituted
in respect to article 41 of the United Nations Charter.  ICTY sought to hold responsible those who had violated international humanitarian law during the breakup of Yugoslavia.  Using ICTY trial transcripts, as well as data
collected through semi-structured interviews with officials at the Office of
the Prosecutor and the Association of Defence Counsel, the thesis aims to analyse the shortcomings of the defence during ICTY proceedings.  It examines the ways in which practical, social, ethical, financial, technological and political factors can have an impact on adversarial trials in terms of functionality and fairness. This thesis, therefore, will provide a new perception on the legacy of the ICTY, which remains a controversial issue within existing literature.      


Professor James Gow


Elif holds a BSc International Relations and Sociology and obtained an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London. As part of her MA Elif undertook modules such as ‘Transnational and International Criminal law’, ‘Law and Conflict in International Society’, ‘Human Rights in War Times’ and ‘The Law and Practice of the United Nations’. Focusing on international law
helped Elif to gain a deeper understanding of the roles and functioning of
the international criminal court and ad hoc criminal tribunals such as the
ICTY. Following on from Elif's interest in international criminal tribunals, she is currently pursuing her PhD in the War Studies Department to explore the legacy of the ICTY.

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