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Henry Redwood


Twitter: @hred44

Research Interests

  • Transitional Justice
  • International Criminal Law
  • Genocide Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Historical Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Narrative and IR
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Global Governance


Narrating Episodes of Violence: The Conditions and Processes of Truth at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Joint Supervision by: Dr Rachel Kerr and Professor James Gow


Henry is an ESRC funded student in the War Studies Department, where his research focuses on how international courts construct and declare truths about past violence. Underpinning this research is a concern for how these spaces work as sites that project a normative understanding of the international order through constructing particular types of narratives. Henry’s research led him in 2015 to work for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he played a key role in the outreach programme ‘the Genocide Story Project’, which constructed a history of the Rwanda genocide through the judicial adjudicated facts of the tribunal.

Prior to joining King’s, Henry received an MA (distinction) and BA (first class) from the department of History at the University of Bristol. During this time his work and research interests focused on the Holocaust trials and Holocaust memory. In between his Masters and PhD, Henry spent a year working part time for rYico (Brighton) and Centre Marembo, (Kigali, Rwanda), organisations that respectively raise awareness about Rwanda in the UK and work with street children and vulnerable women in Rwanda. 

Collaboration with Ice&Fire Theatre

Henry is also currently working on a collaborative project with Christine Bacon, Artistic Director of ice&fire theatre, thanks to funding from the Cultural Institute, King’s. The project (After the Fact) will creatively interrogate and encapsulate some of key findings of Henry’s research into how international trials shape our understanding of past mass atrocity. In particular it will look at the effects that courtroom has on witnesses’ testimony and the silencing that this process can lead to. After the Fact seeks to capture this process in the body of one performer and will result in a short 5-10 minute performance that will be filmed. The project will be completed in November 2016 when there will be a public performance of the film.

Conference Papers

  • The Inadvertent Consequences of Truth and the Politics of Silence at the ICTR’, BISA Annual Conference, June 2016 
  • ‘Power, Knowledge and Ownership – The Archives of the ICTR’, Doing Justice, Doing History, workshop at the University of Copenhagen, June 2016
  • ‘The Judicialisation of Truth at the ICTR and the Silencing of Witnesses’, Silence in Times of Transition, workshop at the University of Edinburgh, April 2016
  • ‘Violent’ to ‘Peaceful’ States: ICJ, Identity and Politics at the ICTR, International Studies Association Annual Conference, March 2016
  • ‘The Return of the Voiceless Victim at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’, Historical Dialogue, Columbia University, Dec 2015
  • ‘Narrating Episodes of Violence at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’. International Studies Association Annual Conference, Feb 2015
  • ‘The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as a Historical Artifact’ A Just Response to Genocide?, King’s Cultural Institute, May 2014
  • ‘The Trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu and the Politics of Truth’, Postpone, King’s College London, Feb 2014


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