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Dr Iva  Vukusic

Dr Iva Vukusic

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Researcher, Lecturer

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Iva Vukusic is a lecturer at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD from the History Department of Utrecht University, where she defended her dissertation on paramilitaries during the breakup of Yugoslavia. She was affiliated with NIOD, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and is now visiting fellow at King’s College London, War Studies Department. From 2009 to 2015 Iva worked for the Sense News Agency in The Hague, covering trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Before that, she was an analyst and researcher at the Special War Crimes Department of the State Prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo. Her research focuses on irregular armed forces, mass violence and judicial efforts to achieve accountability.

Research subject areas:

Armed Conflict, Peace and Security, International Criminal Law, International Organisations

Areas of Interest:

Paramilitarism, Mass Violence, Perpetrators and Perpetration, War Crimes Prosecution, Transitional Justice, Human Rights in (Post-)Conflict


Since 2020 - Utrecht University, Department of History and Art History, Centre for Conflict Studies, BA and MA teaching and supervision

Since 2019 - Stockton University, Holocaust and Genocide Studies: online MA course, Perpetrator Behavior and Genocide Prevention

Since 2016 - NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies: MA Genocide Studies

2017-2019 Utrecht University, Department of History and Art History: three BA courses, Genocide in Comparative Perspective, Genocide after 1945, Conflict and Order in the Levant (1800-2000)

2015-2017 Groningen University, Pomona College, Montclair State University and University of Rijeka: Summer School Transitional Justice and Memory Politics

2011-2017 New York University, Center for Global Affairs: Study visits to The Hague, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

Selected publications:

  1. Article: “Nineteen minutes of horror: Insights from the Scorpions execution video” in Special Issue ‘Images and Collective Violence: Function, Use and Memory’, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, Vol. 12, Iss. 2 (2018): 35-53
  2. Chapter: “Accountability in Syria: What are the options?”, in Conceptualizing Space, Transitional Justice & Human Rights, edited by Christopher Lamont and Arnaud Kurze, Indiana University Press (2019)
  3. Chapter: “Plausible deniability: The challenges in prosecuting paramilitary violence in the former Yugoslavia” in Perpetrators of International Crimes – Methodology, Theory and Evidence, Oxford University Press (2019)
  4. Chapter, co-authored: Jennifer Trahan and Iva Vukusic, “The ICTY and the Three-Tiered Approach to Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Multidisciplinary Account, ed. By Carsten Stahn, Carmel Agius, Serge Brammertz, John Hocking and Colleen Rohan, Oxford University Press (2020)
  5. White paper, co-authored: Richard Ashby Wilson, Matthew Gillett, et al. The Hartford Guidelines on Speech Crimes in International Criminal law, University of Connecticut School of Law (2018)
  6. Chapter: “Transitional Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Case of the ICTY”, in State building and Democratization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, edited by Soeren Keil and Valery Perry, Ashgate (2015)
  7. Chapter: “Judging Their Hero: Perceptions of the ICTY in Croatia” in Prosecuting War Crimes: Lessons and Legacies of 20 years of the ICTY, edited by James Gow, Rachel Kerr and Zoran Pajic, Routledge (2014)
  8. Article: “The Archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia”, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Vol.98, Issue 332 (2013): 623-635.