People who know her would never believe this: Female War Crime Perpetrators in Bosnia

Event date: 
8 Mar 2016
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Boardroom, Level 2 UNSW Law
International Women's Day seminar
Olivera Simic
Senior Lecturer at the Griffith University Law School
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The AHRCentre invites you to an International Women’s Day seminar by Dr Olivera Simić

"People who know her would never believe this": Female War Crime Perpetrators in Bosnia

Most of the literature on women and warfare, and women and genocide, analyses women’s role from a victim-centred perspective. Although most perpetrators are men, research has shown that women have been involved in the perpetration of international crimes. This seminar will critically analyse the role of women as perpetrators during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Drawing on various cases and a critique of the ‘mother, monster, whore’ narrative, Olivera will explore the war crimes for which women were prosecuted, their portrayal by the media and the arguments invoked by the women in their legal defence.

Dr Olivera Simić is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith University Law School and a Visiting Professor with UN University for Peace, Costa Rica. Her research includes transitional justice, international law, gender and crime from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her latest edited collection, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation: Lessons from the Balkans (with Martina Fischer) was published by Routledge (2015) and she is currently working on her monograph, Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence (Routledge, 2017) and the first textbook on transitional justice with a group of global experts (Routledge, 2017).

The seminar is based on a paper co-authored with Prof Alette Smeulers, Tilburg University, Netherlands.