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Dr Nicola Palmer

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Dr Nicola Palmer joined King’s College London in January 2013 as a lecturer in criminal law. She was previously the Global Justice Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford and convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), an inter-disciplinary network of university staff and students working on issues of transition in societies recovering from mass conflict and/or repressive rule. Dr Palmer received her DPhil in law from the University of Oxford in 2011. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked as a legal assistant at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), having completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in law and economics at Rhodes University, South Africa. She was an American Society for International Law Helton Fellow in 2009 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2007.

Research interests

Dr Palmer’s broad research interests are in international criminal law, transitional justice and the compatibility of plural responses to violence. Her recent monograph focuses on criminal justice in post-genocide Rwanda, examining the interactions among international, national and localised criminal courts. Among other topics, she has published on the transfer of cases from the ICTR to the Rwandan national courts and the domestic interpretations of international law in Rwanda. In addition, Dr. Palmer has recently completed an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project, in collaboration with Dr Briony Jones at swisspeace, on the methods used to formulate, implement and assess transitional justice processes. The papers from this collaboration are published as a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.

Selected publications

  • Courts in Conflict : Interpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda (OUP 2015)
Journal articles
  • 'Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda' (2014) 8 (2) Journal of Eastern African Studies, 231-245.

  • 'Family justice centres: A model for empowerment?' (2014) 20 (2) International Review of Victimology (with Carolyn Hoyle)

  • ‘Transfer or Transformation?: A Review of the Rule 11 bis Decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’ (2012) 20 (1) The African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Book chapters
  • ‘Understandings of International Law in Rwanda: A Contextual Approach’ in International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict States in E Kristjansdottir, A Nollkaemper and C Ryngaert (eds) (Brussels: Intersentia Publishing 2012)
  • ‘Challenging Transitional Justice’ with P. Clark in N Palmer, P. Clark and D. Granville (eds) Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice (Brussels: Intersentia Publishing 2012)
Edited books and journal special issues
  • Special Issue on Ways of Knowing Atrocity (2015) 30 (2) Canadian Journal of Law & Society (co-edited with Briony Jones and Julia Viebach)
  • Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice with P. Clark and D. Granville (Brussels: Intersentia Publishing 2012) 
Book reviews, reports and opinion pieces
View the full list of Dr Palmer’s publications.

View Dr Palmer's SSRN webpage


  •  Criminal Law 


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