Hague Tribunal Gillian Sharpe reports from The Hague on the beginning of the next four-year mandate for the United Nations Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal. Starting from an abstract idea in 1993, the Tribunal is finally beginning to overcome a perception that it is powerless to bring war criminals to justice. It has sentenced two people for crimes against humanity. It is continuing to hold trials. It's facing new problems, however: not enough courtrooms, not enough staff and its budget for next year is still not approved.