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This panel event will discuss to what degree justice is possible to be reached after genocide, and if legal justice can act as a deterrent for preventing future genocides from happening.
Hosted by the Centre for Global Research, and organised in collaboration with the Australian Bosnian Academic Forum, this public seminar will discuss the political, social, cultural and legal consequences of genocide, mass atrocities and crimes against humanity—the grave crimes that have continued to be committed long after the historical ‘Never again!’ was proclaimed in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
In light of the recent judgments by the Hague Tribunal (ICTY) that saw Radovan KaradÅ¾iÄ‡, the Serb war-time leader, sentenced to 40 years for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995; and Vojislav Šešelj, the Serb ultranationalist, acquitted of all responsibility for the crimes his militias committed in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo during the 1990s, the panelists will reflect on the history of genocide as a modern, state-sponsored crime and its long term implications.
Broadly defined as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”, genocide had been an instrument of “purifying” territories by eliminating the unwanted groups for much of the 20th and continues to be used in the 21st century.
Among other themes and issues, the speakers will discuss to what degree justice is possible to be reached after genocide, and if legal justice can act as a deterrent for preventing future genocides from happening.
Associate Professor Hariz Halilovich, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University's Centre for Global Research. His main research areas include place-based identity politics, politically motivated violence, memory studies, migration and human rights.
Professor Joseph Siracusa, Professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy (RMIT). An author and co-author of numerous books and a veteran political affairs commentator, he is internationally known for his writings on presidential politics, nuclear history, international diplomacy and global security.
Associate Professor Edina BeÄ‡ireviÄ‡, a security studies and genocide scholar, University of Sarajevo. She completed her PhD at the University of Sarajevo in 2008. In 2011/12 she was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University. Her research focuses on the causes of war and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995.
Dr Iris KuÄ�uk, Chairwoman of the Australian Bosnian Academic Forum. Dr KuÄ�uk completed her PhD at the University of Vienna (2009) and has also studied, researched and taught at the University of Sarajevo, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, the University of Melbourne and most recently at Monash University. Her personal and research interests range from literature and postcolonial studies to psychology to conflict, grief and trauma.
Dr Peter Phipps, Senior Lecturer in Global Studies (RMIT). Since 2003 Dr Phipps has been involved in researching, writing and teaching on post-war Bosnia. He has both taught at and led international summer schools and study tours to Bosnia and the Hague Tribunal (ICTY).
Dr Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies (RMIT). Much of his research and teaching involves the examination of conflict, diplomacy, and the various crises confronting international society including refugees, terrorism, ‘rogue’ states and undocumented citizens.
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