Call for papers – PhD workshop

Transitional justice in the Western Balkans: Emerging research and theory building


PhD students researching transitional justice issues are invited to submit a paper for a PhD Workshop on Transitional Justice in the Western Balkans. 

This workshop will bring together doctoral researchers with a shared interest in transitional justice in the Western Balkans. We welcome papers and work-in-progress from researches doing their doctoral dissertations on any aspect of transitional justice in the region and in any stage of doctoral research. Also, we welcome research in any discipline, including but not limited to political science, international relations, law, sociology, gender studies and anthropology. We are also open to work applying different social science methods. 

The aim of the workshop is to take stock of the emerging research in the Western Balkans. It will evaluate how this research advances evidence about the effects of a range of transitional justice initiatives in the region as well as how this evidence furthers theory building in the field of transitional justice more broadly. 

The PhD workshop also aims to facilitate creation and expansion of participants’ professional networks in a supportive and engaging environment. 


Submission process

Abstracts of 500 words and a short biographical paragraph should be submitted. The abstracts must summarise the address the topic of the workshop as well as how the argument will be developed and supported with empirical evidence. Successful applicants will be expected to prepare advanced drafts for the workshop. 

Abstracts should be sent to Venera Cocaj at and cc'

Deadline for submission of the abstract: 1st December 2021

Applicants will be informed by 15th December 2021.

Location and logistics

LSE, London (provisional date Friday 1 July 2022)

The aim is to hold an in-person workshop at London School of Economics and Political Science, if this is possible in view of the covid-19 related restrictions and regulations. If this is not possible, the workshop will be held online. 

Limited funding will be available to contribute to travel and accommodation costs of selected participants.


The workshop is organised jointly within the scope of the research project ‘Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups’ (JUSTINT), funded by the European Research Council (ERC, No. 772354), and in collaboration with the LSEE, a Centre for Research on South Eastern Europe, both based at the European Institute at London School of Economics and Political Science.