A Crack in the Wall of Denial: The Scorpions Video in and out of the Courtroom

  • Vladimir Petrović
Part of the Springer Series in Transitional Justice book series (SSTJ, volume 8)


The chapter scrutinizes the impact of a video of executions filmed by the Serbian unit Scorpions in the process of facing the crimes of recent past committed at the territory of former Yugoslavia. To that end, the usage of the video in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and in Serbian courtrooms is analysed in the context of the ongoing debate on didactic purposes of the trials. The afterlife of the video outside of the courtroom and its role in confronting the denial is also scrutinized in the attempt to assess its effect in changing the attitudes during post-war transition.


War in former Yugoslavia Transitional justice ICTY Srebrenica Scorpions Serbia 



The chapter evolved in the course of a research supported by the Transitional Justice Programme of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide StudiesAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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