Global meets local: International participation in prison reform and restructuring in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study of international participation in criminal justice reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), taken as an example of a small, peripheral jurisdiction experiencing a number of important social, political and economic transitions. The local context is introduced and is followed with a brief discussion on broader developments in penal policy beyond BiH. This precedes a case study of the work of the Council of Europe, which focuses on the pursuit of adequate conditions of detention for forensic psychiatric patients as an example of the impact of international human rights discourse and instruments on local penal policy. The obstacles to progress towards improved conditions of detention are located in the context of political fragmentation in BiH, supporting the view that local factors can constrain or mediate the influence of broader trends in penal policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • international intervention
  • penal policy
  • rights

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