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Prof. Dr Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac

Head of Balkan Criminology, University of Zagreb's Faculty of Law

Dr. Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac (PhD Freiburg, 2010; LL.M. Freiburg, 2004) holds a tenured associate professorship at University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Law, where she has been conducting criminological research and teaching criminology, victimology, penology and basics of criminal law since 2006.

In 2018 she has been appointed Professeur Invité at University of Lausanne’s School of Criminal Sciences, whereas in 2020 she has also been appointed Professeur Invité at Sciences Po in Paris. She has thus recently completed an extended research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg as foreign visiting professor (09/2017-10/2019).

Dr. Getoš Kalac back in 2012 initiated the Max Planck Society funded Balkan Criminology research group and has meanwhile managed to revive criminological research in Croatia and the Balkans, thereby re-focusing European criminological attention back to Southeast Europe. The relevant three major “mappings” cover core areas of the criminological landscape of the Balkans: criminology, victimology and penology (Balkan Criminology Book Series).

More recently she has conducted the Balkan Homicide Study in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, which focuses on (lethal) violence in 8 states of the region. The relevant research findings are forthcoming 2021 in the Springer Briefs in Criminology under the title “Violence in the Balkans”. The publication corresponds to Dr. Getoš Kalac’s invited plenary at the forthcoming conference of the European Society of Criminology to be held in Bucharest.

Back in 2019 she was invited plenary speaker at the biannual conference of the Association of German, Austrian and Swiss Criminologists held in Vienna. As of 2018 Dr. Getoš Kalac has been successfully heading a transdisciplinary Violence Research Lab in Croatia, chairs the ESC working group “European Violence Monitor”, and has thus worked on topics such as terrorism, political violence and radicalisation; fear of crime and punitivity; crime policy reform in transitional societies; organised crime, criminal state capture and corruption; Croatian and regional crime statistics, incl. European Sourcebook of crime and criminal justice statistics; ISRD3 Croatia; restorative justice.

Dr. Getoš Kalac is fluent in Croatian, German and English and has also published her work in Italian and Spanish.


  • Getoš Kalac, Anna-Maria (2021) Violence in the Balkans: First Findings from the Balkan Homicide Study. New York: Springer.
  • Getoš Kalac, Anna-Maria, et al. ‘„Ružno pače“ hrvatskoga kaznenog pravosuđa – zatvorski sustav u svjetlu domaćih i europskih trendova
    (proširena verzija)’ (The ‘Ugly Duckling’ of Croatia’s Criminal Justice – The Prison System in Light of Domestic and European Trends)) Croatian Academy of legal sciences yearbook, vol. XII, no. 1, 2021, pp. 83–112.

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