Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans covers civil society engagements with transitional justice processes in the Balkans. The Balkans are a region marked by the post-communist and post-conflict transitional turmoil through which its countries are going through. This volume is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to research in transitional justice in this part of the world, mostly written by local scholars. Transitional justice is ever-growing field which responds to dilemmas over how successor regimes should deal with past human rights abuses of their authoritarian predecessors. The editors and author emphasize the relatively unexplored and under-researched role of civil society groups and social movements, such as local women's groups, the role of art and community media and other grass-roots transitional justice mechanisms and initiatives. Through specific case-studies, the unique contribution of this volume is t only that it covers a part of the world that is t adequately represented in transitional justice field, but also that the volume is the first project originally researched and written by experts and scholars from the region or in collaboration with international scholars.
Olivera Simic is a Lecturer with the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia. She holds an LLB from Nis University's Law School (Serbia), an LLM from Essex University (UK), an MA from UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) and a PHD from Melbourne Law School (Australia). Her research engages with transitional justice, international law, gender and crime from an interdisciplinary perspective. Olivera has published in journals such as International Journal of Transitional Justice, Law Text Culture, Women' Studies International Forum, Journal of International Women Studies, International Peacekeeping as well as in books and book chapters. Her latest book, Regulation of Sexual Conduct in UN Peacekeeping Operations, has been published by Springer in 2012. Zala Volcic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Australia. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics including nationalisms in the Balkans, the cultural consequences of globalization, and media identities in former Yugoslavia. Her work has appeared in journals such as Discourse and Society, Popular Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Global Mass Communication, Canadian Journal of Communication, Social Semiotics, Information Communication & Society, ICMR / Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Critical Studies of Media Communication, and Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. Her latest book, Serbian Spaces of identity, has been published by Hampton Press in 2011.