Mass Atrocity, Mass Justice: Illiberal Peacebuilding and Transitional Injustice in Rwanda
Free Public Lecture
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street
T: (03) 9035 6909
From 2002 to 2012, Rwanda put more than one million genocide suspects on trial through local community courts. This legal process took the new global norm of ‘accountability’ to an extreme by challenging its liberal notions of fair procedure and individualised criminal responsibility. However, despite its differences to this dominant model the process still reaffirmed the central tenets of post-conflict justice: that truth would lead to justice and that justice would lead to reconciliation. Why then did it mostly fail to achieve this in practice?
In this seminar, Lars Waldorf will examine the larger lessons of Rwanda’s experiment for the theory and practice of peacebuilding and justice in post-conflict states.
Lars Waldorf, Reader
Dundee Law School
Lars Waldorf is a Reader at Dundee Law School. He reported on genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2001 and ran Human Rights Watch’s field office in Rwanda from 2002–2004. He has authored numerous publications on both transitional justice and Rwanda, including three coedited books: *Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence* (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011); *Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence* (Stanford University Press, 2010); and *Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and ExCombatants* (SSRC, 2009). This year, he has spent six months in Sri Lanka researching a project on mixedabled dance and legal empowerment for people with conflictrelated disabilities.