“GENOCIDE means any of the acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”

        UN Genocide Convention

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It has been my honor and pleasure to extend my most sincere welcome on behalf of the Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law of the Sarajevo University and my own behalf and wish you to be fully and timely informed on the relevant scientific, researching, and other activities of the Institute.

Promotion of the book

Zagreb, 17 February 2011

Posted on February 19 2011
The promotion of the book “Crimes over the children of Sarajevo during the siege” was held on 17th of February 2011, in European Dome in Zagreb, with the presence of numerous visitors. The book was authored by Prof. Dr. Smail Čekić, Prof. Dr. Muhamed Šestanović, Merisa Karović and Zilha Mastalić-Košuta.


Posted on Decembar 27, 2010
At the end of June 2010, the Senate of the University of Sarajevo issued the Decision on approval of the curriculum of the Interdisciplinary Master study HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE prepared by the Institute for the Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law, University of Sarajevo. Along with its primary function of the scientific-research character and in accordance with the Law on high education of the Canton Sarajevo and the Decision of the Senate of the University of Sarajevo, the Institute expanded its activities on the education of the future genocide researchers, who will attend the postgraduate (master) study at the University of Sarajevo, which will be carried out by the Institute for the Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law in the co-operation with other high education Institutions from the country and abroad.

American students visit the Institute

Posted on March 25, 2010
American students from the Nova Southeastern University, together with professor Gary Gershman (Ph.D.), visited the Institite for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law on 12th of March, 2010. The director of this research institution, Prof. Ph.D. Smail Čekić and associates of the Institute familiarized the guests of the origins, development, results and plans of this academic establishment.


Posted on January 22, 2010
On Tuesday, 26th of January 2010, at 12:00 hours in the Sarajevo University Ceremony Hall of the Rectorate (Obala Kulina bana 7/II), a Forum will be held on the topic "History of the Holocaust". The presenter will be Prof. Dr. Smail Čekić, Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, and the Director of the Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law of the Sarajevo University.


“Siege and defense of Sarajevo 1992-1995"

Posted on November 12, 2008
Institute for the Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law published the book SIEGE AND DEFENSE OF SARAJEVO 1992-1995. These are the Conference proceedings from the Round table held on 23 November 2005.

The promotion of the Conference proceedings under the title of SIEGE AND DEFENSE OF SARAJEVO 1992-1995 took place 12 November 2008 in the Sarajevo University Rectorate.

Before giving the floor to the promoters, Meldijana Arnaut, assistant in the Institute, reminded of several relevant facts surrounding the siege of Sarajevo:

“As you are well aware of, one of the objectives of the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina was to capture Sarajevo. To capture Sarajevo in those circumstances meant the capitulation of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

The Application of Bosnia and
Herzegovina vs. Serbia and Montenegro

Posted on December 24, 2008
The world has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Convention on prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which falls into the category of the most important international-legal documents of the human civilization, which is the result of the experience of the international community learned from the Holocaust and genocide committed during the WW2.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has unfortunately been the multiple historical testimony that the XX century is – the century of genocide. It was marked by the monstrous inhuman tendency to exterminate the entire national, ethnic, racial, or religious groups as such, and to prevent their biological, cultural, social, and ecological survival.

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