Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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Law and Politics of Genocide: 20 Years after Srebrenica
29 Jun 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
Course directors :
Sonja Biserko , Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia, Serbia
Geoffrey Nice , Inner Temple Inn, London, United Kingdom
Nevenka Tromp , University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Course description:

This Master Class topic will deal with the legal, political, historical aspects of the genocide. The course will deal on one hand with more general topic of genocide identifying the politics of genocide and the failure of the International Community to prevent future genocidal crimes or to stop a genocide in progress. More specifically, it will deal with the genocide in BiH in the 1990s. Despite – perhaps because of – its inability to stop the war and the mass atrocities committed against Bosnian Muslim civilians, the UN established the ICTY as the first post-Nuremburg criminal tribunal in 1993. Its foundation did not, and could not, compensate for the failures at the political, diplomatic and military levels to stop the war in BiH or prevent the war in Kosovo in 1999, or to facilitate a smooth normalization of relations in a post-conflict period. The severest crimes in BiH happened two years after the ICTY was created. Foreseen by some for years, it occurred after almost four years of daily presence in the territory of thousands of ‘internationals’, many of whom were able to see what was to come. The Srebrenica narrative is still developing but Victims are losing their voice with the passage of time.

There are 10 scholarships made available by ACCESS EUROPE (University of Amsterdam), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence under the Erasmus+ programme. These scholarships will be awarded to students from Dutch universities and from universities in South East Europe (Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).

Please send your application, consisting of a CV and a short motivation letter, to:

More information about the course and scholarships can be found here:

Course lecturers:
Bert Bakker , The Hague, Netherlands
Jakub Bijak , University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Iain Bonomy , International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Netherlands
Kate Clark , University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rodney Thomas Dixon , International Criminal Barrister, United Kingdom
Ivanka Dobovska , Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
Robert Donia , University of Michigan, United States
Axel Hagedorn , Van Diepen & Van den Kroef Attorneys, Netherlands
Hikmet Karčić , University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Joanna Korner , N/A, N/A
Gjylieta Mushkolaj , University of Prishtina, Kosovo
Wolfgang Petritsch , N/A, N/A
Benedict Rogers , Christian Solidarity Worldwide, United Kingdom
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