The Brcko Final Award of 5 March 1999
The Dayton Accords of 1995 for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina provided for arbitration over the boundary line in the Brcko area of Bosnia. Arbitration took place between the Muslim and Croat Federation and the Republika Srpska. The Award of 14 February 1997 did not draw a boundary line but established an international interim supervisory regime. On 15 March 1998 the Arbitral Tribunal handed down a Supplemental Award which extended the interim regime pending further action by the Tribunal. The Final Award of 5 March 1999 establishes a permanent self-governing Brcko District government that is independent of the two entities. The Tribunal reserves the authority to revise its decision in case of a failure of either party to cooperate in the implementation of the new regime.
Key Words: arbitration; award; Dayton Accords; the former Yugoslavia.
1 Professor of Law, Department of International Law, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; and Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Organization, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, United States of America.