Programme

Workshop sessions will be structured around individual papers that will each be followed by a general discussion. In hopes for high quality debates and genuine exchanges, each paper is allowed a time-slot of one hour, comprising of a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by a general discussion. Sessions will be held in English and no professional translation will be provided.

Thursday 23 October 2014


Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall
8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening of the Workshop

9:15 – 9:45 Keynote Lecture, Professor Alexander Laban Hinton, Rutgers 
Uncle Meng at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Uncle Meng at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

9:45 – 13:00 Session I – Chair: Professor Kimberly Theidon, Tuft University

9:45 – 10:45 Dr Sévane Garibian, Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel
From Punishment to Acknowledgment. (Re)cognitive Justice in Contexts of Impunity

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Wolfgang Kaleck, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights International crimes within and outside of legal fora

12:00 – 13:00 Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics
Reflections on the Tokyo Women’s Tribunal

Lunch break

14:30 – 17:45 Session II – Chair: Professor Mariella Pandolfi, Université de Montréal

14:30 – 15:30 Professor Andrew Byrnes, University of New South Wales
Peoples’ Tribunals in the Aftermath of Gross Human Rights Violations: Substitute, Supplement or Something else?

15:30 – 16:30 Dr Shokoufe Sakhi, York University
The Ethics and Politics of Witnessing in Peoples’ Tribunals: an Open-ended Process

Coffee break

18:00 Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2014 @ Harrie Massie Lecture Theatre, UCL
Professor Paul Richards, Njala University (Sierra Leone), Irreconciable Conflicts? Civil Wars From The Perspective Of An Institutional Theory Of Culture

Online registration (by UCL Anthropology Department) is required to attend the lecture: please register here. (Seats are reserved for panelists)

Friday 24 October 2014


Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall
8:30 Registration

9:00 – 12:15 Session III – Chair: Professor Shahla Talebi, Arizona State University

9:00 – 10:00 Pardis Shafafi, University of St. Andrews
Swings and Roundabouts: Obstacles on the Road to Achieving Collective Justice (Iranian Diaspora movements)

10:00 – 11:00 Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Gresham College
Peoples’ Tribunals and the Geopolitics of Impunity

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15 Dr Roddy Brett,  University of St. Andrews
The Ríos Montt / Rodriguez Sánchez Trial and the Post-Conflict Legacy of Genocide

Lunch break

13:30 – 16:00 Session IV – Chair: Richard Rechtman, EHESS

13:30 – 14:30 Nicky Rousseau, University of the Western Cape
Speak Out Against Poverty: impunity, inaudibility and structural violence

14:30 – 15:30 Dr Ladan Boroumand, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
Impunity: An imperative to Truth Telling and an Obstacle to Truth Seeking. The case of Omid: A Memorial in Defense of Human Rights

15:30 – 16:00 Wrap-up roundtable discussion


17:00 – 20:00 Public Conference, UCL Wilkins Gustave Tulk Lecture Theatre
Roundtable A Critical Reflection on the Study of Violence in Contexts of Impunity
With Professor Antonius Robben, Utrecht University; and Professor Kimberly Theidon, Harvard University.
Closing Remarks, Professor Payam Akhavan, McGill University