Refik Hodzic joined ICTJ as director of communications in March 2011. For almost two decades, Hodzic has worked in transitional justice as a journalist, filmmaker as well as an expert in public information and outreach campaigns for international and national courts seeking justice for war crimes. He has focused on post-war justice and media primarily in the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, and Timor-Leste.
Before his current role at ICTJ he consulted for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), where he developed recommendations for the STL’s outreach strategy and helped implement several high-impact projects. While working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia from 2000–2004 and 2006–2010, he served as the tribunal’s spokesman and outreach coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also headed the public information and outreach section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he developed a comprehensive public information and outreach strategy for the court and the state prosecutor’s office.
In 2004, Hodzic co-founded XY Films, an independent film and television production company producing documentary films dealing with the legacy of war crimes committed during the 1990s. His work includes “Living the Legacy of Mass Atrocities: Victims’ Perceptions of War Crimes Trials,” Journal of International Criminal Justice (2010), Statement 710399, documentary, XY productions (2006), and Justice Unseen, documentary, XY productions (2004).