Post-Transitional Justice Following Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 25 Years After Srebrenica
to be held from 29 June to 10 July 2020
Description of the Programme
TOPIC I “The Yugoslav Wars and Beyond: Playground of the Great Powers Experiments in the post-Cold War World Order”
TOPIC II “Historiography of Yugoslavia and the origins of war”
TOPIC III “Disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Post-Cold World Order in Making”
TOPIC IV “International Community: from Peacekeeping, Humanitarian aid and Peace-making towards Peace Enforcing and Criminal Accountability”
TOPIC V “Establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Is Peace without Justice Possible?”
TOPIC VI “Dayton Peace Agreement and the viability of the Bosnian state”
TOPIC VII “BiH and the failed revision of the ICJ Genocide Judgement of 2017”
TOPIC VIII “Post-Transitional Justice and Genocide”
⦁ OFFICIALLY THE TALKS START AT 10:00 a.m. (09:00 UK) but we expect all of us to sign up at 9:45. (08:45 UK); 15 minutes will give us time to prepare for the start of the first morning presentation much better.
2. TIME FOR THE PRESENTATIONS IS 30 minutes: 20 of which will be reserved for presentations and 10 minutes for questions. At the end of each day we shall have time for a discussion at which all of the participants will be able to contribute.
- Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities
- University of Amsterdam (NL)
- Inner Temple Inn (UK)
- University of Zagreb, Inter-University Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Dubrovnik (HR)
- Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Serbia.
BRIEF HISTORY OF MASTER CLASSES TO DATE
“On Law, History, Politics and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities”, held from 28 June to 11 July 2014 at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
“Law and Politics of Genocide: 20 Years After Srebrenica”, held from 28 June to 09 July 2015 at the IUC Dubrovnik (Croatia) and from 10 to 12 July 2015 in Srebrenica.
“Conflict Beyond the Reach of Law: Emerging World Order and the Search for Adequate Responses to Political Violence”, held from 03 to 14 July 2016 at the IUC in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
“Law and Politics of Terrorism: In Search of Adequate Political, Military
and Legal Responses to the Threat of Terrorism in the Post-Cold War Era”, held from 03 to 14 July 2017 at the IUC in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
“Political Expediency behind International Criminal Courts,” held from 01 to 12 July 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
“Mapping, Documenting and Prosecuting Mass Atrocities,” held from 01 to 12 July 2019 at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Monday, 29 June
- 10:00-10:30 – Introduction: Nada Bruer (IUC), Geoffrey Nice (GNF)
- 10:30-11:00 – Nevenka Tromp: “Historiography of Yugoslavia and the origins of Yugoslav wars”
- 11:00-11:15 – BREAK
- 11:15-11:30 – Sonja Biserko “The Future of the History of the Yugoslav Wars”
- 11:30-11:45 – BREAK
- 11:45-12:30 – Discussion
Tuesday, 30 June
- 10:00-10:30 – Emir Suljagić “History and Memory of the Bosnian Genocide”
- 10:30-11:00 – Hasan Nuhanović “Right to Know and Right to Tell: How to deal with the Historical Amnesia in the Aftermath of Genocide”
- 11:00-11:15 – BREAK
- 11:15-11:45 – Edina Bećirević “Genocide Denial”
- 11:45-12:30 – Discussion
Thursday, 02 July
- 10:00 – 10:30- Andrew Cayley “Prosecuting genocide at the ICTY”
- 10:30 – 11:00 – Geoffrey Nice “Importance of the Slobodan Milošević Trial for the Genocide Narrative”
- 11:00 – 13:00 – Discussion
Friday, 03 July
- 10:00-10:45 – Discussion on Milosevic on Trial and The Snow – films
- 10:45-11.00 BREAK
- 11:00-11:30 Nena Tromp – Misjudging History: ICTY Genocide Judgments
- 11:30-12:00 – Discussion
- 12:00-12:30 – Aarif Abraham: “State Responsibility for Genocide: Duties on States under the Genocide Convention and the Legacy of the ICTY”
- 12:00-12:45 DISCUSSION
Monday, 06 July
- 10:00 – 10:30 – Valery Perry “The road to the Dayton Peace Agreement, its
consequences and lessons”
- 10:30-11:00 – Aarif Abraham “Bosnian Constitutional Reform: An Elusive Endeavor to End a Frozen Conflict”
- 11:00 –11:15 BREAK
- 11:15 -11:45– Hamid Sabi “Human Rights: what can be achieved with Advocacy- ”
- 11:45 – 12:30 Discussion
Tuesday, 07 July
- 10:00-10:30 – Mate Granić “Diplomatic Storm: Croatia and the War in BiH”, a
- 10:30 –11:00 – Sunčana Roksandić “Transitional Narrative about the Role of
Croatia in the War in BiH”
11:00-11:15 – BREAK
- 11:15-11:45 – Sonja Biserko “Serbia and the Genocide in BiH: Relativisation,
Revisionism and Self-Victimisation: Serbia’s Response to its
- 11:45 – 12:15– Srdan
- 12:15-13:00 – Discussion
Wednesday, 08 July
- 10:00-10:30 – Aidan Hehir “Lessons Learned? The Legacy of Bosnia and Kosovo”
- 10:30-11:00 – Nick Vetch “Why do the Human Rights Matter?”
- 11:00-11:15 – BREAK
- 11:15 -11:45 – Daniel Serwer “Western Balkans: US, Russia, China and the EU”
- 11:45-12:30 – Discussion
Thursday, 09 July
- 10:00 – 10:30 – Sunčana Roksandic – Future of international Criminal justice
- 10:30 – 11:00 – Geoffrey Nice “ Is Law a New Religion?”
- 11:00-11:15 – BREAK
- 11:15 – 11:45 – Discussion
- 11:45-12:30 – BILLY BUDD
Friday, 10 July
- 10:00 -10:30 – Benjamin Ferenz: Film
- 10:30-11:00 Donald Ferencz: The Future is International Criminal Justice
- 11:00-11:30 – Discussion
- 11:30-11:45 – Official End
Dr. Nevenka Tromp
From 2000 to 2012, Nevenka Tromp worked as a Researcher on the Leadership Research Team in the Office of Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where she was principal researcher on history and politics in the trial of Slobodan Milošević. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities. Tromp teaches at the University of Amsterdam and Webster University (Leiden).
Sir Geoffrey Nice
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practiced as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court or pro bono for victims’ groups whose cases cannot get to any international court.
Sonja Biserko became a human rights activist after a career as a Yugoslav diplomat. During the Balkan wars of the 1990s she was one of the most influential anti-war voices in the region. In 1994, she became the President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Serbia. She received worldwide recognition for her work and has received many awards.
Nicholas Vetch co-founded and is Chair of Big Yellow Group PLC; a London listed FT250 company - in addition to private interests and business directorships. He is a board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and until recently deputy chair of Bedales Schools.
Dr. Sunčana Roksandić
Dr. Sunčana Roksandić teaches Criminal Law, Economic Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, EU Substantive Criminal Law and the Protection of Victims (Jean Monnet Module Co-Leader) and Bioethics and Human Rights (UNESCO Model Course) at the Law Faculty at Zagreb University (Croatia).
Valery Perry has worked in the Western Balkans since the late 1990s, conducting research and working for organizations including the Democratization Policy Council (DPC), the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI), the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR), and several NGOs. From September 2017 – March 2019 she worked at the OSCE Mission to Serbia as Project Coordinator on a project to prevent and counter violent extremism.
Dr. Aidan Heir
Dr. Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. His most recent book - The Responsibility to Protect and Hollow Norms (Palgrave Macmillan) – won the 2019 British International Studies Association ‘Working Group on Intervention and R2P’ book prize. He is co-editor of the Routledge Intervention and Statebuilding book series and is a regular contributor to national and international television and radio.
Mate Granić is a Croatian diplomat and politician who was part of the Croatian Government in much of the 1990s. Mate Granić served as the foreign minister of Croatia from 1993 until 2000. n March 2020, Granić returned to the Croatian Democratic Union.
Edina Bećirević is a Professor of Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo and co-founder of the Atlantic Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her research interests are: human rights, war and genocide, transitional justice, radicalization, extremism and she has published extensively on these topics. Among other books, Bećirević is the author of Genocide on the Drina River (YUP, 2014).
Hasan Nuhanović (Zvornik, 2 April 1968) is a Bosniak survivor of the Srebrenica genocide who campaigns "For truth and justice" on behalf of other survivors and relatives of the victims. Hasan, the former U.N. interpreter for Dutch peacekeepers who were stationed in Srebrenica in 1995, at the end of the Bosnian war, has been battling the Dutch state in civil court for nine years.
Andrew Cayley, QC
Andrew Thomas Cayley, CMG QC FRSA, is an English Queens Counsel and currently the United Kingdom's Director of Service Prosecutions. He was the International Co-Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia from 27 November 2009 until 16 September 2013.
Emir Suljagić is a Bosnian journalist and politician who is currently the Director of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial. He served as Minister of Education of Sarajevo Canton from 13 January 2011 until 29 February 2012 and was also Deputy minister of Defense from 31 March 2015 to 10 December 2015.
Dr. Indira Škorić
INDIRA K. SKORIC holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University and two master’s degrees (International Relations; Gender Studies). She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Kingsborough, CUNY, NYC where she launched the Immigration HUB, started an immigrant women’s support group, founded our Immigration Day event, and participated in Brooklyn Public Scholars Project. Indira has extensive professional experience with large organizations (such as the International Organization for Migration) and advises a number of community-based groups and organizations.
Aarif Abraham is a Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in the UK. He specialises in international criminal law and public international law including international human rights law. His domestic practice focuses on public, constitutional and administrative law as well as criminal law. Aarif has advised individuals, companies, public interest groups and states in public law and human rights cases, both for claimants and respondents, as well as advising widely on policy issues. He has also advised policy makers, parliamentarians and practitioners widely on foreign policy. Aarif originally qualified and practiced as a solicitor with the ‘magic circle’ international law firm, Slaughter and May, where he specialised in public law. Aarif has a demonstrated history of working in courts (domestic and international), non-governmental organisations and international organisations. He has been instructed as a barrister, investigator and/or consultant on matters relating to international crimes, conflict resolution and transitional justice. He is currently on the roster of candidates, as an expert available for instruction, for a number of United Nations bodies as well for Justice Rapid Response.
Dr. Ehlimana Memišević (BiH)
Dr. Ehlimana Memisevic is Assistance Professor of Comparative law at the Law Faculty at the Sarajevo University. She gained her PHD in 2018 in Comparative Legal History.
Nada Bruer Ljubišić is an Executive Secretary of Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC) - an independent international institution for advanced studies. She is coordinating academic programmes, organised by professors from around the world. The IUC supports inter-disciplinary and cross-national collaboration on global challenges such as human values and rights, health, education, poverty and climate, encouraging, in addition to east-west collaboration new north-south initiatives. Bruer is an art historian occasionally researching and participating in projects on history of architecture.
List of students
- Ana Vitkova (Macedonia);
- Tina Novak (CRO);
- Yassar Tahir (UK)
- Majlinda Shala (KS);
- Lorena Sekiqara (KS);
- Milica Pavlović (Serbia);
- Sapan Main Thompson (UK);
- Nikola Aleksić (Serbia);
- Ana Horvatić (CRO);
- Gresa Rashiti (Serbia);
- Mustafa Džihić (BiH);
- Phoebe Davis (NL/UK);
- Anesa Čolaković (KS);
- Amer Alija (KS);
- Katarina Belančić (CRO);
- Harun Išerić (BiH);
- Wassim Khan (UK);
- Holly Armstrong (UK);
- Nathan Fuller (UK);
- Ruby Peacock (UK);
- Adam Smith (UK);
- Nita Dragusha (KS);
- Brigitta Balogh (HU);
- Dalila Delijanin (BiH);
- Bestar Osmani (KS)
WE INTEND TO ORGANISE SCREENINGS BY SHARED SCREEN ZOOM MEETINGS OF FILMS WITH HUMAN RIGHTS AND / OR FORMER YUGOSLAVIA SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION AT OTHER TIMES – PROBABLY LATE AFTERNOONS OR EVENINGS TO SUIT CONVENIENCE OF THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND
(Film screenings can be particularly valuable as parts of discussions about human rights, mass atrocities and the breakup and reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia. It may be that the various Zoom features – include the ability to comment by text in ‘real-time’ to those watching – will give such screenings enhanced value compared with screenings in lecture rooms. A new experiment for the GNF Mater Classes)