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Transitional Justice, International Criminal Justice, Rwanda, South Africa, Mass Atrocity, Human Rights Archives


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I am interested in mass violence, memorialisation and transitional justice as well as human rights documentation. I am drawn by the question how do societies live together after such a fundamental rupture of social bonds and communal life? My work has primarily focused on post-genocide Rwanda but has more recently expanded to include South Africa. I explore these themes from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on socio-legal studies, Southern and Critical Criminology, African and postcolonial studies and legal anthropology. At the moment, I work towards writing a book on gacaca judgecraft from a global south perspective. My other strand of research focuses on human rights documentation, fact-finding and justice endeavours troubling the assumed positive relationship between archives and transitional justice.

I am the curator of the award-winning photographic exhibition Kwibuka Rwanda and case display Traces of the Past at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. I have published widely on transitional justice, memorialisation and human rights archives including two edited books.

Previously, I was senior lecturer at University of Bristol and before that I was – for many years - at the University of Oxford both at the Faculty of Law and the African Studies Centre where I taught on the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the MSc in African Studies.

I have also worked as a consultant on transitional justice and memory for various development aid organizations and German government bodies.

I hold a PhD in peace and conflict studies from the Centre for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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