This year marks a quarter of a century since the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement reached in Dayton on November 21, 1995, and signed on December 14 of the same year in Paris, created a constitutional framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is still permeated by deep political and social polarization.
Although there has been talk for more than a decade about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s transition from the post-Dayton to the Brussels phase, which formally began with the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement in 2008, the country remains crucially shaped by Annex IV of the Dayton Peace Accords (DPA), which stands as – never ratified – Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discussions on a functional constitutional arrangement, on the one hand, and the very idea of the state, on the other, continue to shape the public space of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with many unresolved issues related to fundamental democratic values.
To gather and engage theorists and practitioners from Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad in discussion related to this important anniversary and issues pertaining to the DPA, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Region, as well as its future, the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, in cooperation with the Global Campus SEE / European Regional Master’s Program in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA), University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna organized this international online conference.