Dr. Lina Strupinskienė

Assistant professor
Research areas
Comparative politics and political sociology
International relations

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Lina holds a BA degree in Political Science (IIRPS VU), MA degree in Conflict studies and Human rights (Utrecht University) and has defended her doctoral dissertation in 2015 on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIRPS VU).

In 2010 she interned at the ICTY and was a part of the Leadership Research Team at the Office of the Prosecutor, where she worked on the case of the Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadžić.

Currently Lina works as the deputy director for studies at the IIRPS VU and teaches courses related to analysis of violent ethnic conflicts, peace studies and transitional justice. In addition, she is a member of Western Balkans Experts Pool at The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki. Her area of expertise is the Western Balkan region.

Research projects and grants

The Impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia on Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013), Research Council of Lithania, fieldwork grant.

Selected conference papers

  1. New Problems in International Criminal Law – Life after Conviction at ICTY organized by Coimbra University Network, Poitiers, France, (2021), paper presented “Rehabilitation of ICTY convicted war criminals: Early overview of the empirical reality”;
  2. ECPR General Conference (2021), paper presented “New Problems in International Criminal Law – Life after Conviction at ICTY”;
  3. ECPR General Conference (2020), Paper “ICTY and Grassroots Mobilization for Justice: Insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina” (more information);
  4. “The Future of EU Enlargement and Partnership Policies: EU Actorness in South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood” (2020), Paper “Assessing Reconciliation in Croatia: Moving Forward or Backward?” (more information);
  5. IPSA Conference “Diversity and Democratic Governance”, Sarajevo (2019), Paper “What’s ICTY got to do with it: Process tracing reconciliation in Prijedor, BiH” (more information);
  6. Oxford Transitional Justice Research Center conference “Borders and Boundaries in Transitional Justice” (2014), Paper “Understanding reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: between Pomirenje and Suživot“ (more information);
  7. Annual RRPP conference “Social, Political and Economic Change in the Western Balkans”, Sarajevo (2012), Paper “Political Reconciliation: A Framework for Analysis” (more information).

Courses taught

Transitional justice in the aftermath of ethnic conflicts

Studies of Conflict and Peace

BA Seminar

Research interests


Peace studies

Analysis of violent ethnic conflicts

Western Balkans

Transitional justice


Lina Strupinskienė (2021) Lithuania’s interests in the western Balkans and EU enlargement perspective, Eastern European Studies Centre, policy paper. https://www.eesc.lt/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RESC.-Lithuanias-interests-in-the-Western-Balcans-and-EU.pdf

Lina Strupinskienė, Simona Vaškevičiūtė (2021) What Happened to Transitional Justice in Croatia after the EU Accession?, Politologija, 101, 8-51. https://www.zurnalai.vu.lt/politologija/article/view/22723/23429

Lina Strupinskienė (2020) International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and grassroots mobilization for justice: Insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000476

Hybrid CoE (2020), Western Balkans Trend Report (one of the authors). https://www.hybridcoe.fi/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Hybrid-CoE-Trend-Report-2.pdf

Lina Strupinskienė (2019) The ICTY and Forced Elite Change in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 25:4, 420-439. https://doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2019.1678309

Lina Strupinskienė (2017) What is reconciliation and are we there yet? Different types and levels of reconciliation: A case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Journal of Human Rights 16(4). https://doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2016.1197771

Lina Strupinskienė (2012) Living in the Shadows of Past Atrocities: War Babies of Bosnia, Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, Wagadu, special issue on Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict, 10. http://sites.cortland.edu/wagadu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Strupinskiene.pdf

Lina Strupinskienė (2012) Pereinamojo laikotarpio teisingumo studijos: ištakos ir raida (angl. The Origins and Development of Transitional Justice Studies), Politologija, 2012/4 (68), Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla. https://doi.org/10.15388/polit.2012.4.1144

L. Strupinskienė, A. Dusman, U. Petrauskaitė, A. Rinkevičiūtė, R. Zupančič (2012) Civil-Military Cooperation in Conflict and Post-Conflict Operations: Learning from the Lithuanian, Slovenian and Estonian Experiences, Vilnius: Akademinė leidyba.