International tribunals are frequently criticized as being too slow, too expensive and inefficient. A recent blog post from Stuart Ford for Opinio Juris suggests that this may not be accurate. Ford suggests that this criticism originates in a misguided comparison of the time, expense and efficiency of international criminal cases to their domestic counterparts. Compared to the average murder trail in the United States, trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), for example, are far less efficient, However. according to Ford a true assessment of the relative efficiency of international courts can only be made by comparing them to domestic cases of similar complexity. Using domestic mass atrocity prosecutions as a yardstick, Ford claims the ICTY performs fairly - emerging as more efficient than the average.