Study mission in Bosnia

Potocari Photo ADAM JONESA second period of our European study mission has been undertaken in the former Yugoslavia in July 2013. This region is of particular interest insofar as it provides examples of attempts to identify bodies undertaken both by victims’ families and by the ICTY; it thus offers insights into the role of professionals (coroners, investigators) in the identification of bodies, along with such innovations as the DNA bank set up under the auspices of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which has come to constitute an essential resource both for the bringing together of legal prosecutions and for the construction of social memory. The study mission in this region has therefore made pssible a precise investigation of the legal, symbolic and social implications of exhumation and reburials like those occuing every 11th of July in Potocari near Srebrenica.