The Center for Human Rights and Transitional Justice: A Legal Clinic

The Center was established on August 9, 2018, via Decision No. IUS-FLW-15-1945/18 of the Faculty of Law Council. In creating the Center, the goal was ultimately a legal clinic where FLW students can work with their professors to gain the hands-on experience that they need so they can proverbially hit the road running when they graduate from law school. Alongside this goal and in the meantime, the Center is the pivot of the law school's conferences on a variety of emerging contemporary issues, including book talks, lectures, round-tables, symposiums, and workshops.The term human rights featured in the name of the Center speaks to the premium that this country puts on these universal rights; the constitution of each of the two Entities plus one self-governing district that make up the Federal Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina embodies robust human rights provisions that deserve the enjoyment of citizens. Transitional Justice featured in the name of the Center signifies the reality that, contrary to the seeming misnomer of the term, accountability needed to deter impunity sometimes, as in this country, can span generations; accountability is not a one-time or one-event phenomenon. The Center is a tool of faculty development that also gives students the much-needed hands-on experience in presentations that they will need to build their careers following graduation from law school.

Members of the Board of Advisors, Center for Human Rights and Transitional Justice: Legal Clinic

Aliye Fatma Mataraci, Ph.D., Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, International University of Sarajevo, Ex-Officio Member

Philip C. Aka, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ph.D., Full Professor of Law, International University of Sarajevo 
Jasminka Džumhur, Ph.D., Human Rights Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirsad Karić, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration, International University of Sarajevo
Dževad Mahmutović, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law, University of Tuzla

Sencer Yeralan, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, International University of Sarajevo



Schedule of Events


Topic of Activity

Type of Activity


November 2019

"Obstacles to Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Responding to 'Triumphalism’"

Public Lecture

Prof. dr. David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State University

November 2019

Human Rights and the European Integration Process: Focus on the Balkan States

Public lecture

Caroline Chaux, Ph.D. student – Université Paris II Panthéon Assas

October 2019

Promotion of the project publication "Application of Educational Recommendations as a Form of Restorative Justice in Sarajevo Canton, for the period 2012-2015"


Book launching

Honorable Judge
Jasmina Kosović, 

Dr. sci. Kenan Ademović, IUS,

Dr. sci. Ena Kazić, IUS;

Mirza Ljubović, MA


June 2019

“Transitional Justice”

Summit Session

Philip C. Aka,
David Pettigrew,
Emir Suljagić,
Ena Kazić,
Hikmet Karčić,
Đenita Svinjar,
Tatjana Milovanović,
Leslie Woodward,
Amina Aličić,
Vezirka Salčin,
Medisa Fočić

May 2019

Simulation of the Main Hearing in Criminal Procedure

Trial simulation

FLW Students of 4th year, within course Criminal Procedure Law II

May 2019

"Uniform Application Of Legal Instruments That Seek To Unify/Harmonize Private Law"

Public Lecture

Dr. sci. Boris Praštalo

May 2019

“Human Rights in External Affairs: Cuba under Fidel Castro with Possible Lessons for BiH”


Dr. Philip C. Aka

April 2019

“Why the United States Does Not Have Universal Healthcare: Lessons for BiH”


Dr. Philip C. Aka

March 2019

“Limits to the Politics of Identity: Bosnian Constitutional Development (Nearly) Three Decades after Independence”


Dr. Philip C. Aka and Hana Šarkinović-Kӧse

February 2019

The Crisis of the European Union and the Future of European Integration< (Perfecta, forthcoming 2019)

Author Book Talk

Dr. Kenan Ademović

January 2019

“Genetic Counseling and Preventive Medicine in Bosnia and Herzegovina”


Dr. Philip C. Aka and Dr. Sabina Semiz

December 2018

“Listen Up, Leaders and Publics of BiH, There’s an Alternative to Integrating Yourselves and Your Institutions into a Growingly Amorphous EU”


Dr. Philip C. Aka and Mr. Mirza Ljubović

November 2018

“What I Learned in Nuremberg”


Dr. Goran Šimić, Ms. Medisa Fočić, and Mr. Emir Ahmethodžić

November 2018

“Nuts and Bolts of Restorative Justice: Contending Perspectives”


Dr. Ena Kazić and Dr. David Pettigrew

October 2018

“Five Arguments Against Plagiarism—Legally Speaking”

Workshop (co-organized with FENS, IUS)

Dr. Philip C. Aka