14 March – Peace in the Balkans? – A panel on transitional justice

The Balkans is a region in motion. After the end of the Cold War, the region has seen a period of horrific communal violence which often is presented to have culminated in the Srebrenica massacre. Ever since the Dayton Agreement was signed, local and international actors have been invested in trying to bring justice and reconciliation to the society while rebuilding the country. But how successful have they been? Has the Balkans overcome its conflict(s)? What are the main obstacles and barriers hindering a restoration of the countries? What issues need attention in order to further peace in the Balkans?

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Dženeta Karabegović is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Salzburg (Austria). She has been researching on transitional justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a special focus on memorial culture and the diaspora’s role.

Rhodri Williams is a Senior Legal Expert at the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ilac). He has worked in the Balkans on housing, land and property restitution and has published on the role of judges as peacebuilders.

Marija Ristic is the regional director of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). She has contributed as a journalist to the Balkan Transitional Justice programme and is responsible today for capacity building of local media channels and promoting reconciliation projects.

Haris Grabovac is a lecturer with EXPO working with civil society actors in Sweden on topics of nationalism and right-wing extremism. He will participate on the panel as a representative of the diaspora from the Balkans living in Sweden.

Moderator:
Holly Guthrey is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University. Her research is currently focused on the impact of transitional justice strategies as well as effects of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms of post-conflict justice and reconciliation.

Date: 14/03/2019
Time: 6:15-8:00 PM
Place: Sal IX, Universitetshuset
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.

In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.