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Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland's attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations' call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In her new role, Del Ponte confronted genocide and crimes against humanity head-on, s ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Other Press (NY) (first published October 21st 2008)
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Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: torture, balkans
After reading "Madame Prosecutor" I am more convinced than ever that the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague, run by the United Nations and for which Carla Del Ponte was the chief prosecutor for crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, is not the best way or even a very good way to go after war criminals.

The problem is certainly not with Del Ponte--she was a dogged worker, good manager and dedicated prosecutor. She does not come across as a person one would want as a
Zuzana Kubáň
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Generally, I have found the boo to be quite repetitive and felt like everything could be said in much fewer words. It was also full of names and dates, making it even harder to read.

Although I felt like the book did not provide me with as much detail about the ICTY as I had wanted it to, there was still more than enough to take from it.

The only reason why I see someone read this book is if they have a strong interest in the politics of the western Balkans or are interested in some of of the cha
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ponte's book, like most memoirs, is rather repetitive and self-serving, but, like most memoirs, is all the same a worthy read (especially if, like me, one is able to sift through the muck to pull the little gems of info out of them).

I liked getting Ponte's perspective, as the chief prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, on the issues. She wrote a lot less on Rwanda than on Yugoslavia, and, therefore, I found more value in what she said on the latter subject. M
Kärt Blumberg
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Olen meeldivalt üllatunud, et selline raamat eesti keelde tõlgiti, kuna see on ju nii spetsiifiline lugemine. Carla Del Ponte on tippjurist, endine Jugoslaavia ja Rwanda ÜRO sõjakuritegude tribunali peasüüdistaja. Tal oli oma visioon - riigid saavad rahus oma tulevikku luua alles siis, kui on saavutatud lepitus, kusjuures viimase juures on võtmetähtsusega õiglane kohtumõistmine sõjakurjategijate üle alates kõrgeimast poliitilisest ja sõjaväelisest ladvikust. Kui genotsiidile ei järgne õiglast ko ...more
Charlie Avus
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: law, books-i-own
After studying international law as part of my degree at university, I got quite interested in the area and whether it had any use in the world today. Carla Del Ponte is perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring and commendable lawyers in the world. She shows that lawyers don't act for their own self-interest and that international law is able to back up its bark with a few well-placed bites. There aren’t really words to describe just how determined, focused and passionate Carla Del Ponte is about p ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies, memoirs
Really a great book of a corageous and admirable woman!
Mirëdon Fusha
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
I feel sorry for the blank pages which are filled with ugly lies and later become known as a "book". I feel sorry for the author too who succesfully disgraced herself eternally by not heeding the priceless advice "DO NOT WRITE WHEN YOU'RE ANGRY". Not that she only wrote but she even had the "brains" she does not have, to publish her anger. I wander what really made her angry, though?! Money...she didn't get?! ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great narration of the highly complicated role of General Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The book is engaging, fast paced and exhaustive of the real-politik which hides beyond the official speeches of our leading politicians.

A must-read book for all persons willing to work at International Institutions or at higher degrees of National Politics.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A very good account of the establishment of ICTY and the ad hoc tribunals in general. Also, it's good introduction to those interested in the functionality of the international criminal courts. In short, the book explains the shortcomings of the so-called international justice which reflects the realpolitik and the logic of power in the international politics. ...more
Jenny M
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it
The new memoir by Carla Del Ponte (former Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda) shows her frustration about politics interfering with the pursuit of justice. Her quest to bring Ratko Mladic to The Hague reminded me of Ahab and Moby Dick.
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
I love her, but this was ultimately a frustrating read.
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