Transitional Justice at Universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Students from the Universities of Eastern Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka and Mostar took part in a specialized transitional justice training session in Bijeljina 25 -28 April 2013. The session was organized as an extracurricular activity with the help and involvement of scientific staff and student organizations at the universities and is part of a project organized by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska with the support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.
Ole B. Lilleås, Senior Adviser with NHC lectured on historical and international perspectives of transitional justice at the event. He said; - I am impressed with the students and lecturers here, the academic level is high and the content is very specific on the present situation in the country. Students taking part in this training can really learn how their own society is dealing with past injustice and they will have an analytical and normative framework to analyze for themselves what should be done differently.
Aleksandra Letic, Secretary-General of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska, and an expert on transitional justice mechanism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pointed out; - This is exactly our aim, and this is why we have chosen to address students of law, media and social science in this project as we hope they bring this knowledge and understanding of transitional justice along into their professional lives.
- The main challenge for the project at this stage is to have universities formally include transitional justice into their curricula. The experience developed and the written material we are now producing in the project “Transitional justice at Universities” certainly provides for a good start, but we are not there yet, Letic concluded.