MIP delivers presentations to history teachers as part of “Seeking Justice from Nuremberg to The Hague” seminar

The Hague
MIP presentation for teachers "Seeking Justice from Nuremburg to The Hague"

On 6 November 2023, the Mechanism Information Programme for Affected Communities (MIP) delivered presentations to history teachers from across Europe as part of a seminar entitled “Seeking Justice from Nuremberg to The Hague”. The seminar was organised in cooperation with the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO) and the International Association for Intercultural Education, and took place at the premises of the EUROCLIO secretariat in The Hague.

The objective of the seminar was to provide the participating history teachers with a comprehensive understanding of the work and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), and to demonstrate how the archives of these institutions can be used when preparing teaching materials on the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

During the course of the seminar, MIP Youth Outreach Coordinator Ms. Anisa Sućeska spoke to participants about the achievements of the ICTY and the Mechanism and the opportunities that their archives provide for a range of school based activities, as well as broader issues related to international criminal justice.

Ms. Sućeska also introduced the MIP’s digital toolkits and video productions, and took the participants through various archival materials, including testimonies, audio and video evidence, transcripts and historical documents. She explained how these resources can be used to create educational materials, as described in the MIP’s Guide for History Teachers: How to Use Archival Material of the ICTY and Mechanism in Teaching the History of the 1990s Conflicts, which was presented to the teachers during the seminar

The participating educators were further encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in teaching students about international criminal justice. The discussions addressed how to best educate youth about topics such as the definitions of justice and injustice, the Nuremberg trials, and the subsequent development of the ICTY, the Mechanism and the International Criminal Court.

The aim of the MIP is to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990s, based on ICTY and Mechanism cases. The MIP is funded by the European Union.