Mieczyslaw Boduszynski is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Pomona College in California, USA, where he teaches U.S. Foreign Policy as well as courses on the Arab Spring and Comparative Democratization. His research deals with Western democratic and human rights leverage. He earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and from 2004-2013 worked as a U.S. diplomat in Albania, Kosovo, Japan, Egypt, and Libya. He has published a book on regime change in the Yugoslav successor states, and several academic articles on transitional justice in the Balkans and Arab Spring countries. 


Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. He is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, studying youth resilience in North Africa and the Middle East. In the past, he was the Publication & Web Editor at the Center for Global Studies and Coordinator  of the “Human Rights, Justice & Democracy Project,” funded by the Open Society Institute. Since 2013 he has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University. He has published in several academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. He regularly writes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions. He has received numerous awards and fellowships from many progressive institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Center and the American Council on Learned Societies.


Christopher Lamont is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen and Associate Professor at Osaka University. He is also Co-Chair of Research in Ethics and Globalisation within the inter-faculty research institute Globalisation Studies Groningen. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He has published widely on international criminal justice and transitional justice.

Jessica Mecellem is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Sewanee: The University of the South. Jessica's work focuses on transitional and post-conflict justice in the Middle East North Africa region. Her current research pays particular attention to narrative contestation through justice mechanisms, gender in transitional justice, and the role of judicial activity in authoritarian contexts. Her research on domestic human rights trials in Turkey was recently published in Law & Social Inquiry. Drawing on fieldwork in Algeria and Turkey, her dissertation examined conceptions of justice for enforced disappearances in both countries.

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Vjeran Pavlaković is Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He received his Ph.D. in History in 2005 from the University of Washington. He has published articles on the politics of memory, World War Two commemorations, war criminals and war crime tribunals, and democratization in Croatia, and co‐edited the book Serbia since 1989: Politics and Society under Milošević and After (2005), published by the University of Washington Press. Recent publications include “Flirting with Fascism: The Ustaša Legacy and Croatian Politics in the 1990s,” in Una storia balcanica: Fascismo, comunismo enazionalismo nella Jugoslavia del Novecento (2008), “Red Stars, Black Shirts: Symbols, Commemorations, and Contested Histories of World War Two in Croatia,” an NCEEER Working Paper (2008), and “The Commemorative Culture of Bleiburg, 1990–2009,” in Kultura sjećanja: 1945 (2009). In addition, Vjeran is a participant in the drafting of the REKOM (regional truth commission for the former Yugoslavia) Statute. 


Iva Davorija is the Summer School coordinator. She received her MA degree in History and Educational Sciences from the University of Rijeka in Croatia (UoR). Her work focuses on 20th century revolutions, culture of memory and human rights.  She is also a member of a human rights and civil participation advocacy group called PaRiter and a researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies at UoR.


Our Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory provides students with a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with, leading experts in the field. Below is a list of speakers who have participated in the past.

Mohamed Arafa, is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indianapolis (USA). Professor Arafa earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Alexandria University Faculty of Law (English Department) (Egypt) in 2006, his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in American Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut School of Law (USA) in 2008, and his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (USA) in 2013. He authored several law reviews articles and political essays in numerous U.S., European, and Brazilian journals on Corruption and Anti-bribery Law; Anti-Money Laundering Law; Economic, White-Collar, and International Crimes; Islamic Law; Islamic Criminal Law; Comparative Criminal Law; Middle Eastern and Egyptian Politics.

Gabriella Citroni is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She is also lecturer at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland) and acts as the international legal advisor for the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared People (FEDEFAM). Since 2008 she works as senior legal advisor for the Swiss NGO TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) and litigates cases of gross human rights abuses before international human rights mechanisms. She cooperates with a number of international NGOs providing legal assistance to victims of serious human rights violations and their relatives in different countries including Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nepal, Morocco, Colombia, Peru, Iraq, and Mexico. She has written a number of articles and books on international human rights law.

Christian Axboe Nielsen is Associate Professor of Southeast European Studies at Aarhus University.  He has worked as an analyst at the ICTY, the ICC and the STL and has testified numerous times as an expert witness at the ICTY and in Canada.  He is currently working on a history of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in socialist Yugoslavia.

Vladimir Petrovic studied history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, and earned his PhD at Central European University. Starting as a historian of international relations, he ended as a historian of mass political violence. He has studied patterns of ethnic cleansing as a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and the Belgrade Institute for Contemporary History, as well as an investigator with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office. His research is situated at the intersection of history and law.

Anthony Shay is professor of dance and cultural studies at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. He received his PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside, an MA in Anthropology from California State University Los Angeles, an MA in Folklore and Mythology and an MLS from UCLA. He is the author of six monographs and editor or co-editor of four others, the most recent: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity. As a choreographer and dancer, he founded the UCLA Village Dancers and created over 200 choreographies.

Allison Sherrier is currently an attorney at Clifford Chance in New York. She was previously a fellow at the German Institute of Human Rights in Berlin, Germany, where she worked as an assistant editor and researcher on a Commentary on The UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published by Oxford University Press (2012). She earned her Juris Doctorate from American University's Washington College of Law in 2010 and is admitted to the New York bar.

Iva Vukusic is a former Research Analyst at Sense News Agency at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. She also worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special War Crimes Department in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as an Analyst and Researcher. Furthermore, she was part of a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) legal expert team on a project that sought strategies to face the past in BiH; and has worked for and collaborated with various human rights organizations and universities on war crimes issues.

Marieke Wierda is a Dutch lawyer, born and raised in Yemen and educated in the UK and the US, and specialized in transitional justice. She is currently the Rule of Law Coordinator for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Wierda has 20 years experience in transitional justice, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia  and the International Center for and Transitional Justice. She worked extensively on transitional justice in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. She is the author of many book chapters and articles on international criminal law and transitional justice.