Bar News - July 9, 2004
NH Attorney to Head Bosnian War Crimes Chamber
By: Beverly Rorick
Michael Johnson, a New Hampshire Bar member since 1981, has taken a position with the Department of State. He left on June 2 for Bosnia to become the administrative head of the Bosnian State Court War Crimes Chamber. The Chamberís mission is to build the internal capacity to prosecute war crimes indictments, many cases of which have been accumulating at the International Criminal Tribunal. Previously based in The Hague, Johnson was the United Nationsí chief of prosecution for the Criminal Tribunal, which is transferring cases to the various individual states that used to make up Yugolslavia, such as Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. The Chamber expects to have cases ready for trial by November or December 2004. Johnson, Merrimack County Attorney from 1983-2001, is, essentially creating an administrative office of the courts for Bosnia.