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The Dayton Peace Agreement: Constitutionalism and Ethnicity, 21 Yale Journal of International Law 459 (1996)


It has been almost five years since the violent dissolution of Yugoslavia.
An estimated.200,000 civilians have been killed, over two million people have
been displaced from their homes, tens of thousands have been tortured and
raped, and Europe has hosted yet another of the world's genocides. While
the recently concluded Dayton Peace Agreement has resulted in a temporary
cessation of the armed conflict, serious concerns have been raised regarding
efforts to rebuild and repair the institutions of civil society. Little attention
has been paid, however, to the constitutional structure of the newly created
state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While the long term viability of the region
depends on a number of factors, the constitutional structure of the
government, and its allocation of power among the parties to the peace
agreement, is crucial for the long term viability of an independent Bosnian
state. This Comment examines only one aspect of the constitutional structure
of Bosnia and Herzegovina: the institutionalization of ethnicity.

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armed conflict, civil institutions, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ethnicity