Vladimir Petrovic researches mass political violence and strategies of confrontation with its legacy. He graduated from Contemporary history (Faculty of Belgrade: BA and MPhil) and Comparative history of Central and Southeastern Europe (Central European University: MA and PhD), completing his postgraduate studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam.
His latest book The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise: Clio takes the Stand (Routledge, 2017) examines the role of historians and social scientists as expert witnesses in some of the most dramatic legal encounters of the 20th century. Petrovic was himself working in this intersection between history and law, both in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and in the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office. He published extensively on ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and attempts to undo its legacy, as well as on the history of nonalignment during the Cold War. He is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade, as well as Visiting Professor at History and Legal Department of Central European University. At Boston University, he teaches in the Core.
Mass Political Violence, Transitional Justice, War Crimes Trials, Expert Witnessing, Ethnic Cleansing, The Balkans, Yugoslavia, Cold War