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ICTY Special Chamber Decision In the Case Against Florence Hartmann
ASIL Insights (2009)
  • Benjamin E. Brockman-Hawe

On September 14, 2009, a Specially Appointed Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted French journalist and former ICTY official Florence Hartmann of contempt of court for disclosing confidential information in violation of two orders of the Appeals Chamber. Hartmann is not the first journalist to be indicted by the tribunal for contempt, but she is the first journalist found guilty of the offense for revealing portions of confidential judgements rather than the identity of witnesses or content of witness statements. She is also the first former employee of the ICTY to face allegations of contempt. In convicting Hartmann, the Special Chamber developed the law on the relationship between the right to freedom of expression and the need to maintain the confidentiality of court proceedings.

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Benjamin E. Brockman-Hawe. "ICTY Special Chamber Decision In the Case Against Florence Hartmann" ASIL Insights (2009) available at