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Book launch with Dr Palmer: Interpreting the layers of justice in post-genocide Rwanda

Posted on 24/09/2015
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Monday 21 September saw the launch of Dr Nicola Palmer's new book Courts in Conflict: Interpreting the layers of justice in post-genocide Rwanda at The Dickson Poon School of Law. In Courts in Conflict, Dr Palmer, who lectures in Criminal Law at King's, analyzes the roles and interactions of distinct judicial institutions in administering transitional justice in post-genocide Rwanda: the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the national Rwandan courts, and the gacaca community courts.

The book launch featured a panel of experts who discussed Dr Palmer's work in the context of broader developments in criminal law and Rwandan affairs. Professor Ben Bowling, Vice Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law, commended Dr Palmer's research for bridging the gap between classic education in criminal law and demands of transnational criminal justice. Professor Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, noted the book's sophisticated methodology and use of interviews. Dr Richard Benda, a Rwandan academic and commentator, spoke about the legacy of the genocide and reminded the audience that the genocide was itself perpetrated during a time of transition. Chairing the panel was Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS.

Earlier in the day, the book launch was preceded by a Transnational Law Methods Lab 'On conversation on the future of scholarship in international criminal law' with Professor Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS) and Professor Mark Drumbl (Washington & Lee School of Law), chaired by Professor James Gow (War Studies, King's College London).  They discussed where the scholarship of international criminal law is developing, the current pressing issues facing the practice of this type of law and the role of scholars in responding to these challenges.  

To listen to an interview with Professor Drumbl on current developments in international criminal law, including protection of victims and the case of child soldiers, please see the souncloud link below.

To watch a video of Dr Palmer speaking about her work with the Aegis Trust, a UK and Rwandan-based charity.  Please see here.

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