Mirjana Gavrilović Nilsson, BA (Hons)., MSc. (BA (Hons) Criminology, MSc. Investigative Psychology)

Thesis title: From State Ideology to Individual Criminal Action: Testimony and Evidence from the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda


PhD Candidate and atrocity criminologist doing a PhD in Law in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.

Mirjana completed a BA with honours in Criminology at the University of Manchester in 2017 followed by a MSc with distinction in Investigative Psychology at the Univerisity of Huddersfield in 2018.

She was a tutor in Criminology at the University of Manchester receiving recognition for outstanding tutor of the year in 2019.

In August 2019 she moved to the Hague, the Netherlands to start an internship in the Investigative Analysis Division, Prosecution Division at the International Criminal Court.

In January 2020 she started her PhD at the University of Edinburgh as an atrocity criminologist.

She is currently a tutor in the School of Law and is about to start the process for HEA accreditation for an Associate Fellowship.


BA (Hons) Criminology MSc (Dist) Investigative Psychology

Responsibilities & affiliations

Convenor for University of Edinburgh Criminology Reading Group

Convenor for Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2021

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Tutor - Criminologies of Atrocities

Research summary

Atrocity crimes, international criminal justice, transnational justice, mass violence, international criminal courts and tribunals, oral history, archives, international criminal law

Project activity

My research project asks how atrocity crime as defined by Scheffer (2002) takes place by examining and providing an integrated multi-level analysis of the role of individual perpetrators and the organisational frameworks, such as local governments and municipalities, that structure their activity. This interdisciplinary research brings together Criminology, History and Oral History to deliver methodological and substantive advances in understanding atrocity crimes by looking at the atrocities that occurred in former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the 1990s and by using the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR) and any related external material as data.

Current project grants

Joint University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Studentship

Conference details

European Society of Criminology 2018