MIP participates in the School on Transitional Justice in Sarajevo

A collage of photos depicting participants following a lecture and visiting an exhibition

The Mechanism Information Programme for Affected Communities (MIP), represented by Coordinator Ms. Rada Pejić-Sremac and Researcher Mr. Nemanja Stjepanović gave lectures at the Third School on Transitional Justice (School), hosted in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 16 and 17 April, 2024. This School, entitled The Role of Transitional Justice in Restoring Human Rights and Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies, was organised by the partner organisation Pravnik and gathered 20 young legal professionals from across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The School's agenda, from 12 to 18 April, encompassed intensive sessions that delved into various facets of transitional justice concerning the conflicts of the former Yugoslavia and featured speakers who deal with this topic in academia, civil society or film and art.

Over two days, Ms. Pejić-Sremac and Mr. Stjepanović shared insights into the pivotal role played by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and its successor, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) and their contribution to transitional justice processes in the region. They discussed the judicial milestones and impact of the ICTY and Mechanism's work, and talked about the use of the archival material and judicially established facts in the work of their outreach programs – namely ICTY Outreach Programme and its successor at the Mechanism – the MIP.

The participants also visited the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY (IC), where Ms. Pejić-Sremac and Mr. Stjepanović, together with IC’s Coordinator Ms. Ismena Čaušević, provided practical training on accessing and researching the ICTY and Mechanism archives. Following this session, the participants presented their work on topics related to the 1990s conflict using material from the ICTY and Mechanism archives.

Participation in the School forms part of the MIP’s efforts to support projects and events implemented by civil society organisations active in the field of transitional justice in the region of the former Yugoslavia.

The aim of the MIP is to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990s, based on the jurisprudence of the ICTY and the Mechanism. The MIP is funded by the European Union.