Money as Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Alma Begicevic Loyola University of Chicago, Department of Sociology


Justice, Restorative Justice, International Law, Armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Justicia, justicia restaurativa, derecho internacional, Europa, conflicto armado en Bosnia y Herzegovina


If reparations are universally accepted as a victims’ right to remedy, included in numerous international law instruments, why is it then that victims are unable to access it? By taking a socio-legal approach to the problem of post-war monetary reparation, the study examines the nexus between money, justice and recognition. At a normative level the study examines how reparations are conceptualized and their meaning in post-conflict transition. At a procedural level it identifies obstacles and gaps in the national, regional and international legal architecture and at an empirical level it investigates people’s experiences in regards to accessing monetary reparations. The study considers the meaning of money in post-war reparation and state transformative processes and significance of civil law in addressing serious violations of human rights and gross violations of humanitarian law.

Si universalmente se acepta que las reparaciones son un derecho de las víctimas a obtener una compensación, recogido en numerosos instrumentos de derecho internacional, ¿por qué las víctimas no son capaces de acceder a él? Este artículo analiza la relación entre dinero, justicia y reconocimiento a partir de un enfoque sociojurídico de la reparación económica de posguerra. A nivel normativo, el estudio examina cómo se conceptualizan las reparaciones y cuál es su significado en la transición post-conflicto. En nivel procesal, identifica obstáculos y lagunas en la arquitectura legal nacional, regional e internacional, y a nivel empírico, investiga las experiencias de las personas en el acceso a reparaciones económicas. El estudio tiene en cuenta el significado del dinero en las reparaciones de posguerra y los procesos de transformación del estado y el significado del derecho civil al abordar violaciones serias de los derechos humanos y graves violaciones del derecho humanitario.


Author Biography

Alma Begicevic, Loyola University of Chicago, Department of Sociology

The author is a part-time faculty at Loyola University of Chicago Department of Sociology, the former Senior Human Rights Advisor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Loyola University Chicago, 1032 W Sheridan Road: Coffey Hall, Chicago, Illinois 60660.




How to Cite

Begicevic, A. (2014) “Money as Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6(3), pp. 396–425. Available at: (Accessed: 19 January 2022).