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Edited by Gregory Gisvold and Michael O'Flaherty

The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was characterized by human rights abuses on a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War. It is not then surprising that the Dayton Agreement, together with related texts and agreements, lays out the most ambitious human rights protection regime ever included within an international peace settlement. The peace agreement imports myriad substantive guarantees for the protection of every category of human rights, including some through a novel application of the European Convention on Human Rights. The provisions are accompanied by a highly complex system for both monitoring and enforcement of their implementation. These enforcement procedures contain temporary elements, such as international field operations, and an array of tribunals and institutions intended to be permanent.
The present volume is a contribution to the process of interpreting and assessing the post-Dayton human rights regime in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The analysis of the contributing human rights scholars and practitioners is located within the contexts of the immediate reality and needs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the systemic significance of the peace agreement for other post-conflict and complex emergency situations worldwide.


Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 489–511, 2001. © 2002 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 489 Judicial Reform under International Law: Notes from Bosnia and Herzegovina PER BERGLING ∗ Department of Law, Umeå University, Sweden Abstract. As a result of a recognition

Niels van Willigen

From nation-building to desecuritization in Bosnia and Herzegovina Niels van Willigen 1 Introduction The international community increasingly considers (territorial) group rights to be an impediment for the development of a democratic and well-functioning state in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia

Solveig Richter

grateful for assistance by Julian Untiet and Florian Kullick. ‘No Tangible Result’ – The Failed Butmir Talks in Bosnia and Herzegovina “It is time for BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to move from the Dayton era to the Brussels era” (Delegation of the EU 2009). These were the words of Dimitris

Elvis Fejzić

The Political Context: Some Introductory Remarks The primary intention of this paper is to present and contextualize political thought in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of Austro-Hungarian rule. Political thought in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be analyzed here through scholarly

Gabi Abramac

contexts, in economic and social life, for cultural activities and in transfrontier exchanges” (Council of Europe 2017). When Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) joined the Council of Europe in 2002, it committed itself to signing and ratifying the Charter. Following the signing of the Charter on September 7

Vedran Džihić

Even after 17 years of post-conflict development and democratic transition following the Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995, Bosnia and Herzegovina still falls in the category of countries shaken by the political crisis, or even in the category of so-called fragile states (The Fund for Peace

Koller, Markus

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia-Herzegovina), which was recognised as an independent country in 1992, is located in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. Its capital is Sarajevo, and it is bordered to the north, west, and south by Croatia and to the east and south by Serbia and Montenegro

John Gibbons

A good and short description of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) comes from Mirela Rožajac: “There is nothing simple about BiH, even for people who have spent their whole [lives] there. It is a small and beautiful country with a complicated background, [so] complicated that people usually give up

The Yugoslav law was replaced by the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Službeni Glasnik Bosne i Hercegovine 1992 no. 2. English translation of the civil procedure code in draft format in Commentaries to the draft civil procedure of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. S. Omanovic, Sarajevo