The Bosnian Genocide and the Srebrenica massacre

  • Marko A. Hoare Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
Keywords: Genocide, Bosnian Genocide, Srebrenica, ICTY, Bosnian War


This paper aims to place the Srebrenica massacre in its broader context, both in terms of its place in the Bosnian war, and theoretically. The Srebrenica massacre is the only war crime of the Bosnian war that has, in legal terms, been solidly confirmed to have constituted genocide. In the ICTY, 2001 convicted Radislav Krstic of complicity in genocide for his role in the Srebrenica massacre, thereby establishing the fact of the Srebrenica genocide. The ICJ, in its ruling of 2007 in Bosnia vs Serbia, explicitly stated that the Srebrenica massacre was an act of genocide. However, the ICJ in the same ruling stated that other massacres of the Bosnian war, in particular those of 1992 when Bosnian Serb military forces were formally under Belgrade’s command, were not genocide. The ICTY has so far failed to convict any suspect of genocide except in relation to the Srebrenica massacre. Consequently, the Srebrenica massacre has assumed the status of a crime apart in the Bosnian war.


How to Cite
Hoare, M.A. 2021. The Bosnian Genocide and the Srebrenica massacre. Bosnian Studies: Journal for Research of Bosnian Thought and Culture. 5, 1 (Apr. 2021), 40-52. DOI:
Social Sciences