Introduction and purpose of the module:
In today's world, it is impossible to approach the study of crime without knowledge of the victim. The definition of the victim, typology of victims, and victim rights are fundamental concepts that enable more successful efforts to combat crime and criminals. Familiarity with “Victimology” provides the opportunity to approach each victim or crime with sufficient attention and understanding. In this way, full respect for Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms is achieved, resulting in a high level of professionalism and the avoidance of secondary victimization of victims.

Lesson Unit - Brief description (content):
-	Victimology (concept, subject and methods), 
-	Relationship between victimology and other scientific disciplines, 
-	Victim rights and typology, 
-	Primary and secondary victimization, 
-	Victim as a passive and active source of information, 
-	Victims and perpetrators of murder, 
-	Victims of suicide, 
-	Victims in sexual offenses, 
-	Victims of domestic violence,
-	 Victims of environmental crime, 
-	Victims of traffic accidents, 
-	Victimization related to organized crime (drug addiction, trafficking in human beings and organs, prostitution, etc.), 
-	Victims of flagrant and intense violations of human rights, 
-	Victims of abuse of power and authoritarian rule, 
-	Victims of genocide, war crimes, and terrorism, 
-	Justice for victims.


The Victimology as legal discipline aims to expand knowledge about justice for victims and their rights, which is the primary objective of this module. Familiarity with these rights will prevent further violations or secondary victimization of victims, as well as broaden understanding of the functioning of the rule of law in accordance with high international standards for respecting and protecting human rights.

Teaching methods

The obligation of regular students, i.e. those who have chosen this course from the offered list of elective courses, is to attend lectures, participate in consultations according to the established number of teaching hours, and if they choose to do so, to prepare and defend a seminar paper based on the chosen or assigned topic.

Knowledge testing methods

The student's success in mastering the teaching material is continuously monitored throughout all forms of teaching, and the final grade is determined by the final exam which is conducted in a manner and under the conditions that will apply at the Faculty.


This course does not overlap with other courses, but rather complements and forms a complete unit, providing students with a broad education and knowledge that can be implemented in practice in the following professions: internal affairs agencies, judiciary, state administration, customs, security agencies, non-governmental institutions, and other services that work on preventing and combating crime and achieving appropriate moral and material satisfaction for victims.


1.	Ramljak A., Petrović B., Victimology Glossary, Association of Criminologists of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 2005.
2.	Ramljak A., Halilović H., Victimology, Faculty of Criminal Justice Sciences, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, 2004.
3.	Adžajlić-Dedović, A., Domestic Violence Developmental Study in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faculty of Criminal Justice Sciences, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, 2004.
4.	Balić, H: Bosnian Cataclysm: Case Study of Foča, Magistrat, Sarajevo, 2001.
5.	Korajlić N., Criminalistics Methodology, Faculty of Criminal Justice Sciences, Sarajevo, 2008.
6.	Modly D., Šuperina M., Korajlić N., Dictionary of Criminology, Professional Association
 of Criminalists, Zagreb, 2008.

7.	Šeparović, Z.: Victimology, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, 2001.
1.	Šeparović, Z., Victimology (studies about victims), “Informator”, Zagreb, 1998.
2.	Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, (“Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, No. 3/2003, 32/2003 - corr., 37/2003, 54/2004, 61/2004, 30/2005, 53/2006, 55/2006, 8/2010, 47/2014, 22/2015, 40/2015 and 35/2018)
3.	Criminal Code of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ("Official Gazette of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, No. 36/2003, 21/2004 - corr., 69/2004, 18/2005, 42/2010, 42/2011, 59/2014, 76/2014, 46/2016 and 75/2017),
4.	Geneva Conventions on the Protection of War Victims of 1949,
5.	Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948.