Selected Socio-Legal Bibliography on Ethnic Cleansing, Wartime Rape, and Genocide in the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

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The aim of this bibliography, comprising more than 6,000 entries, is to facilitate and promote the research and writing of legal scholars, students and human rights activists in the fields of ethnic cleansing, genocide and sexual violence during national and international armed conflicts. It provides an overview of carefully selected socio-legal materials published in English and other European languages on ethnic cleansing, genocide and sexual violence during armed conflict in the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. This timely project, which commemorates the tenth anniversary of the ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has a great deal of interest to academics and those who are active in conflict/dispute settlement efforts in war-torn areas of the world.

The entire bibliography is alphabetically organized and sequentially numbered. Entries are arranged by format under eleven main headings, with each heading divided into different sub-headings. Books, collections of essays, periodical articles, addresses, interviews, proceedings, dissertations, and manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the family name of the author/editor. Encyclopedia articles, treaties, national agreements, decisions, declarations, and legislations, government documents, NGO documents, professional associations’ documents, audio-visual materials, and press releases are organized alphabetically by the first letter of the document’s title. In some cases, particularly for United Nations documents, entries are arranged in chronological order.

To facilitate searching this bibliography, all material is organized in a detailed table of contents, and an author/editor index is provided at the end of the volume. This index is arranged according to the alphabetical order of the author/ editor’s last name and refers to the number of each entry listed under that name in the body of the bibliography.


“ … The scope of materials covered is impressive, from ephemeral to official, minute to voluminous. This work is indispensable for serious researchers in this area of study. Summing Up: Essential. All Levels.” – CHOICE

“[This] is such a work of scholarship and will stand for many years as a tacit but eloquent memorial to those whose lives were so tragically ended or forever scarred. Nevertheless, the present book is no mere memorial, but an eminently useful and instructive guide to a vast and bewildering literature, and for that reason, all the more to be commended and applauded … We may dare to hope, however daunting the record, that such a scrupulous compilation may contribute to the prevention of future atrocities, if only by increasing the world’s awareness of their scope and impact … The scope of the bibliography is immense, as the authors’ Introduction attests, and the range is astonishing. As a former bibliographer myself, I stand in awe of the achievement which this reference work represents … in its range, thoroughness, accuracy and comprehensiveness, the present bibliography provides, and will continue indefinitely to provide, the fullest and richest array of documentation, brilliantly arranged and ordered … on the worst crimes in recent memory.” – Eric Ormsby, Professor of Islamic Studies and Former Director of Libraries, McGill University

“Coinciding with the tenth memorial year of the genocide in Rwanda, Professor Zawati and Librarian Mahmoud have compiled a superb, meticulously researched and comprehensive bibliography that will serve academic researchers, legal scholars, law students, and human rights activists for some time to come. Sexual violence against women is often overshadowed by studies of religious, historical, political, diplomatic and military aspects of the ethnic conflicts in Rwanda and the territories of the former Yugoslavia. Consequently, the authors have chosen to amass and assemble the extensive but widely-dispersed documentation on this persistent yet public ally-neglected war-time human rights abuse. The bibliography collects and organizes the sociological and legal research on the deliberate sexual targeting and rape of women during military conflict. It contains books, articles from magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers; reports, arguments and press releases of international organizations, agencies, commissions and criminal tribunals; the agreements, treaties, decisions, declarations and legislation of U.N. member states and the publications of NGO’s. Although much of the material is in the English language, documentation in French, Spanish, German, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic and six other languages are included. All titles in foreign languages have been translated into English. In addition to print material videos, CD’s, and websites are also listed. This wealth of information is delineated in a detailed table of contents, which, combined with an author-editor index, provides the user with ease of access to the sources. Great effort has been expended in the search, selection and compilation of documents on a topic that has too long suffered a low profile. This could now be rectified thanks to the energies of the authors whose bibliography is both a monument of scholarship and a testament to the victims of human rights abuses.” – Lonnie Weatherby, Reference Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, McGill University

“This is a very thorough and exhaustive compilation of sources in the area of ethnic cleansing and rape, with a particular focus on the recent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. It promises to be an indispensable tool in research in this important area. In addition to monographs and journal articles, drawn principally from sources in the social sciences and humanities, including internal law, the material canvassed includes documents of international bodies and even materials that are accessible on line.” – Professor William A Schabas, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway

Table of Contents

Notes on the Pronunciation of the Arabic and Cyrillic Alphabets
1. Books
2. Articles in Journals
3. Entries in other Languages
4. International Materials
5. National Agreements, Decisions, Declarations and Legislations
6. Cases
7. Governmental Documents
8. Non-Governmental Organizations’ Documents
9. Professional Associations’ Documents
10. Other Sources
Author/Editor Index

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