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IU Maurer School of Law

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University Communications

Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011

International criminal law expert available to comment on Mladic arrest

May 27, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Timothy Waters, a professor in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and an expert on legal aspects of the conflict in the Balkans, is available this morning (May 27) to speak with news media about the arrest of Bosnian war crimes subject Ratko Mladic.

Timothy Waters

Mladic, 69, the former chief of staff of the Bosnian Serb army, was indicted in 1995 by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, charged in connection with the massacre of at least 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. He was arrested Thursday in a village in northern Serbia where he had been living under an assumed name.

Waters is available to discuss the following topics related to Mladic's arrest:

  • The crimes for which Mladic is charged
  • The likely trial process
  • The effects of the arrest on Serbia's European Union prospects
  • The effects of the arrest on reconciliation in the Balkans

Waters worked in the Office of the Prosecutor for the war-crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. He is editing a book on the Milosevic trial and teaches courses on international criminal law and the Yugoslav wars. A frequent contributor to policy debates on international law and politics, he has published op-eds in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Christian Science Monitor, including "Why Insist on the Surrender of Ratko Mladic?" in May 2006.

News media: To speak to Waters, please contact George Vlahakis, University Communications, at 812-855-0846 or; or Ken Turchi, IU Maurer School of Law, 812-856-4044 or