My interview on sexual violence in war, its consequences and challenges for prosecution.

In this video I am explaining how sentencing wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still lenient and inconsistent. Analysis done with Mersudin Pruzan, state prosecutor for TRIAL International.

BalkanInsight, 21 February 2024, “Ethnocentric Yugoslav War Commemorations Taint the Future, Experts Warn,

Olivera Simic, “Celebrating” Srebrenica Genocide: Impunity and Indoctrination as Contributing Factors to the Glorification of Mass Atrocities” Journal of Genocide Research (published online 1 February 2024)

Mersudin Pruzan and Olivera Simic, TRIAL International, the sentencing policy analysis, titled “Punishing Wartime Sexual Violence”, 28 December 2023,

New book: Olivera Simic, Lola’s War: Rape Without Punishment (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023)

BalkanInsight, 10 January 2024, “Croatian War Convict Could Soon Erase Their Criminal Records – Legally”,

The Conversation, 6 December 2023, “An inside look at the dangerous, painstaking work of collecting evidence of suspected war crimes in Ukraine”

BalkanInsight, 30 October 2023, “Inheriting Trauma: How Bosnia’s War Still Torments the Country’s Youth”

Book launch Lola’s War, AVID Reader, Brisbane, 20 October 2023,

BalkanInsight, 22 September 2023, “Taking a Field Trip into Croatia’s ‘Unwanted Memories’ of Wartime, Branka Vierda and Olivera Simic,

BalkanInsight, 14 September 2023, “The Remorseful War Criminal: How a Bosnian Convict’s Apologies Were Ignored”

The Conversation review of Tomaz Jardim’s book Ilse Koch on Trial: Making the Bitch of Buchenwald (Harvard University Press), 6 September 2023

BalkanInsight, 1 August 2023, “Defending the Motherland: The Women Fighting for Ukraine”, Anastasia Chupis and Olivera Simic,

BalkanInsight, 25 July 2023, ‘Doing Time: How a Bosnian War Criminal’s Jailing Affected His Family’

Buka Magazine, 13 July 20023, ‘Swearing genocide’

BalkanInsight, 14 June 2023, ‘Once a War Criminal, Always a War Criminal?’

The Conversation review of Alexa Hagerty’s book Still Life with Bones, 17 April 2023

BalkanInsight, 12 April 2023, ‘Effective Impunity: How a Wartime Rapist Avoided Punishment in Bosnia’

The Conversation article on impunity and wartime rape, 10 March 2023, ‘Lola waited 25 years for her wartime rapist to be convicted. But he is still not in jail’

Gave a talk at KU Leuven, Faculty of Law and Criminology, 4 May 2023.

Gave a talk at Vrije University, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Amsterdam, 5 May 2023.

Gave a talk at the workshop ‘Combating Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – Comparative Insights on International and National Capacities’, 12-13 May 2023 at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Gave a talk at Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, 14 June 2023.

Gave a talk at Arts and Human Rights Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 24 June 2023.