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Violence in the Balkans

First findings from the Balkan Homicide Study

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  • The first volume using original empirical data from the Balkan Homicide study
  • Performs analysis from 3000 case files from 6 Balkans countries
  • Addresses prosecution case files as well as judicial case files, enabling methodological and phenomenological investigation into the nature of (lethal) violence in the Balkans

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Criminology (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

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This is the first volume to offer an in-depth look at (lethal) violence in the Balkans. The Balkans Homicide Study analyses 3,000 (attempted) homicide cases from Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia. Shedding light on a region long neglected in terms of empirical violence research, the study at hand asks:

- What types of homicides occur in the Balkans?
- Who are the perpetrators and what motivates them?
- Who are the victims and what potential protective factors are on their side?
- Why do prosecutors dismiss homicide investigations? 

Amongst other questions and considerations, this brief discusses regional commonalities throughout the Balkans in view of their cultural,historical and normative context. Dismantling negative stereotypes of a growing and thriving Balkan society, this volume will be of interest to researchers in the Balkans, researchers of post-conflict regions, and those interested in the nature of homicide and its motivation, prevention, and various criminal justice approaches.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law, Zagreb, Croatia

    Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac

About the author

Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac heads the transdisciplinary Violence Research Lab and regional Balkan Criminology Network at University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Law, where she holds a tenured professorship and has been teaching criminology, victimology, penology and basics of criminal law since 2006. She thus teaches as appointed Professeur Invité at University of Lausanne’s School of Criminal Sciences and at Sciences Po in Paris. She works on topics such as violence research; organized crime, criminal state capture and (academic) corruption; terrorism and radicalization; crime (policy) in transitional societies; crime statistics; ISRD3 and ISRD4 Croatia. Back in 2012 she initiated the Max Planck Society funded Balkan Criminology research group which has meanwhile managed to revive criminological research in Croatia and the Balkans - the Balkan Homicide Study is one of the group’s major achievements. She earned her LL.M. (2004) and Dr.iur. (2010) from the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, while conducting criminological research at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Violence in the Balkans

  • Book Subtitle: First findings from the Balkan Homicide Study

  • Authors: Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Criminology

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-74493-9Published: 10 September 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-74494-6Published: 09 September 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2192-8533

  • Series E-ISSN: 2192-8541

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 113

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Violence and Crime, Crime Prevention

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