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Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding

From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups (JUSTINT)

Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups (JUSTINT) is a five-year project led by Dr Denisa Kostovicova and funded by the European Research Council.

The JUSTINT project provides a novel way of analysing how post-conflict justice practices advance or hinder peace-building by studying an interactive and dynamic aspect of discourse. Until now, we have relied on statements by politicians, civil society actors or victims to understand their response to post-conflict justice, and studied them as static discourses. JUSTINT turns to the study of communicative exchanges to understand how discussions about the violent past unfold, and to what effect.  It innovates in the field of transitional justice by studying justice discourses at the level of words and conversational sequences. Quantitative and qualitative methods are applied to interactions in face-to-face and virtual deliberative domains (courts, parliaments, civil society debates, blogs, Web-based comments, and Twitter) in four former Yugoslav countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Croatia. The JUSTINT project offers a theory of justice interactions at the intersection of peace-building and deliberation.

Principal investigator 

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Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Research team

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Dr Ivor Sokolić is a Research Officer on the JUSTINT project at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Dr Vesna Popovski is a Research Assistant on the JUSTINT project at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Dr Sanja Vico is a Research Officer on the JUSTINT project at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Venera Cocaj is a PhD candidate in European Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Sarah Jewett is an MRes/PhD candidate in Political Science at the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Peer Collaborators

Paul Drew

Paul Drew is Professor in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York.

 

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Dr Tolga Sinmazdemir is a Senior Lecturer in Political Methodology in the Department of Politics and International Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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Papers and publications

Published papers

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Working papers

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Events and conferences

Conferences, seminars, workshops

The Politics of Memory and Remembrance Practices in Southeast Europe
Date: 22 October 2020
Organiser: 
Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo - Coalition for RECOM
Speakers: 
Venera Cocaj

12th International Forum on Transitional Justice in Post-Yugoslav Countries: "Making Victims Live in the Memory of Society"
Date: 16 December 2019
City: Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: Coalition for RECOM
Speakers: Venera Cocaj

Annual International Conference of the Serbian Political Science Association
Date:
28 September 2019
City:
Belgrade
Organiser: 
Serbian Political Science Association
Speakers:
Dr Ivor Sokolić ('My kind of justice: The role of self-interest in transitional justice deliberation')

Young people and knowledge about the past
Date: 19-20 September 2019
City: Vukovar
Organiser: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Speakers: Dr Ivor Sokolić 

Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA)-International Studies Association (ISA) 2019 Joint International Conference
Date:
17 June 2019
City:
Belgrade
Organiser:
Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA)-International Studies Association (ISA)
Speakers:
Venera Cocaj (‘Public Interactions and War Time Rape: Mechanisms of Silencing the Victims of Sexual Violence’); Sarah Jewett (‘Does the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Change Its Defendants? A Text Analysis Approach to Remorse, Guilt, and Reconciliation’)

After the ICTY: Regional Cooperation, Accountability, Truth and Justice in the Former Yugoslavia

Date: 3-4 October 2018
City: Sarajevo
Organiser: Balkan Inverstigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
Speakers: Dr Ivor Sokolić (‘Right to Truth: Victims and Regional Cooperation’)

Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans
Date
: 21 September 2018
City
: Prishtina
Venue
: University of Prishtina
Speakers
: Dr Denisa Kostovicova (Keynote: ‘Addressing War Legacy in a Divided Region: Transitional Justice Evaluations and Interactions')

Contact

Dr Denisa Kostovicova

London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Email: d.kostovicova@lse.ac.uk