This is no doubt one of the best books so far written on international criminal justice. It is uniquely insightful and written in a lively style. In particular, Hazan’s account of the birth of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, of its initial almost insurmountable obstacles, of some of its most interesting trials, and of how Prosecutor Arbour came to indict Milosevic, is really compelling.

But the book is not only a sharp account of recent and current international events. It also contains some deep reflections on the complex relations between justice, diplomacy and world politics.

Every person interested in international relations and world politics should read it.

Antonio Cassese, former Judge and President of the ICTY