ICTY Court Records
This project explores the legal archive of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, whose holdings are now in excess of 9.3 million and include photographs, diaries, maps, diagrams, exhumation records, x-rays, radio intercepts, audio recordings, and videotapes, as well as physical objects such as scale models, computer hard drives, personal effects, munitions, and even remnants of charred timber and stone. All is here, save bio-hazardous materials such as blood-soaked clothing, which would have been documented and then disposed of.
In addition to these exhibits, transcripts and procedural documents are also scanned and entered into the e-court database. All materials presented during a trial are viewed electronically on desktop monitors where witnesses also have the opportunity to mark them using a digital stylus.
A selection is presented here that emphasizes the degree to which the court itself imprints its legal protocols and procedural rules upon its archival materials and in the process actively transforms them. The project provides a cross-section of materials that were entered into evidence during the tribunal as well as evidence of the complex processes whereby such matter (media artifacts and physical objects) were converted into things that matter legally—evidence of war crimes.