Emory International Law Review


Jasna Hasanbasic places The Mothers of Srebrenica's lawsuits against the UN and The Netherlands in the context of liability and peacekeeping responsibilities. She argues that international law lacks the basic tort elements of adequate rules, rights, and remedies, and cannot provide legal redress to the women who lost husbands, brothers, and sons in the genocide at Srebrenica. Domestic law and courts are the answer. Given this assertion, will lawsuits against the UN and The Netherlands for grossly negligent peacekeeping encourage more effective planning and execution of future peacekeeping missions? Or will the UN withdraw from this international security function? Srebrenica provides a case study for potential similar legal claims, such as those that could arise from international involvement in Syria, in response to state-authorized attacks on civilians.