“Transitional Justice and Reconciliation – Lessons from the Balkans” (ed. by Martina Fischer & Olivera Simic) Routledge


The book presents empirical studies, theoretical discussions, and practical experience from initiatives for dealing with the past in the region of former Yugoslavia.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia share a common history of ethnopolitical war and violence during the 1990s. Two decades after the wars, societies in these countries – albeit to different degrees – are still facing the legacies of the wars on a daily basis. Reconciliation between and within these societies remains a formidable challenge, given that all three countries are still facing unresolved disputes either at a cross-border level or amongst parallel societies that persist at a local community level.

This book (co-edited by Dr Martina Fischer, Programme Director Southeast Europe, Berghof Foundation, and Dr Olivera Simić, Griffith University, Brisbane) engages scholars and practitioners from the region of former Yugoslavia, as well as international experts, to reflect on the achievements in transitional justice and obstacles that characterise efforts to deal with the past. Drawing variously on empirical studies, theoretical discussions, and practical experience, their contributions offer invaluable insights into the complex relationship between transitional justice and conflict transformation.

Contributors: Tamara Banjeglav, Dinka Čorkalo Biruški & Dean Ajduković, Klaus Hoffmann, Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović & Sanja Čopić, Jelena Subotić, Miodrag Zivanović, Will Bartlett, Briony Jones, Martina Fischer, and Olivera Simić

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