SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Phil Clark

BInst (Flinders), DPhil (Oxon)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Phil Clark
Name:
Dr Phil Clark
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4611
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
253a
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 10am -12pm Term 1 & 2; by appt: Term 3

Biography

Phil Clark is Reader in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa. An Australian by nationality but born in Sudan, Dr Clark is a political scientist specialising in conflict and post-conflict issues in Africa, particularly questions of peace, truth, justice and reconciliation. His research addresses the history and politics of the African Great Lakes, focusing on causes of and responses to genocide and other forms of mass violence. His work also explores the theory and practice of transitional justice, with particular emphasis on community-based approaches to accountability and reconciliation and the law and politics of the International Criminal Court.

Previously, he was a Research Fellow in Courts and Public Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, a Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, and co-founder and convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research. He has a DPhil in Politics from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Barkindo Atta Athanasius, History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram since 1995
  • Emma Birikorang, Emerging regional security threats in West Africa; implications for regional security
  • Hinni Aarainsalo,
  • Hugh Lamarque, Insulating the Borderland: Policing practice in African frontiers
  • Ini Dele-Adedeji , The re-construction of Islamic identities within the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Kano & Borno
  • Jonathan R. Beloff, The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign Policy: from Genocide to Globalisation
  • Joonhwa Cho, South Korea’s foreign policy and aid towards Africa, focusing on Rwanda and the DRC
  • Noemi Perez Vasquez, The United Nations' impact on the access to justice of women in post-conflict societies
  • Noga Glucksam, Justice and Social Peacebuilding: How Transitional Justice Affects Normative Changes in Post-Civil War Societies
  • Sara Birjandian, Post-liberal Transitional Justice in Uganda: Sub-regional Systems for Addressing the Past

Research

Dr Clark’s current work focuses on international, national and community-based responses to mass violence in Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. He has written extensively on the gacaca community courts in post-genocide Rwanda and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Dr. Clark was technical advisor and co-author of a 2007 UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights project surveying popular perceptions of transitional justice and peacebuilding in northern Uganda. He has advised the Danish, Sudanese, Swedish, Ugandan and UK governments, the ICC, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Human Rights Watch and Crisis Group on conflict issues in Africa.

History, Politics and Law of the African Great Lakes; Transitional Justice Theory and Practice; the Politics of Violence; Community-Based and Customary Law; Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation; the Politics of International Criminal Justice; Peacebuilding, Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction; Moral and Political Philosophy

Publications

Authored Books

Clark, Phil (2010) The Gacaca Courts and Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Clark, Phil and Mosley, Jason, eds. (2014) Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance. Special Issue of Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 8 (2). Taylor & Francis.

Palmer, Nicola and Clark, Phil and Granville, Danielle, eds. (2012) Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice. Antwerp: Intersentia Publishers. (Series on Transitional Justice; 8)

Clark, Phil and Kaufman, Zachary D., eds. (2009) After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond. London: Columbia University Press.

Book Chapters

Clark, Phil (2013) 'Rwanda.' In: Stan, Lavinia and Nedelsky, Nadya, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Clark, Phil (2013) 'Gacaca.' In: Stan, Lavinia and Nedelsky, Nadya, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Clark, Phil (2013) 'The Challenges of International Criminal Law in Addressing Mass Atrocity.' In: Arrigo, Bruce and Bersot, Heather, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies. Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Clark, Phil (2013) 'Transitional Justice after Atrocity: International and Local Trends in Africa.' In: Cheeseman, Nic and Anderson, David and Scheibler, Andrea, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of African Politics. Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Clark, Phil and Palmer, Nicola (2012) 'Challenging Transitional Justice.' In: Palmer, Nicola and Clark, Phil and Granville, Danielle, (eds.), Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice. Antwerp: Intersentia Publishers, pp. 1-17. (Series on Transitional Justice; 8)

Clark, Phil (2012) 'Addressing Atrocity at the Local Level: Community-Based Approaches to Transitional Justice in Central Africa.' In: May, Larry, (ed.), Morality, Jus Post Bellum and International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory)

Clark, Phil (2012) 'Creeks of Justice: Debating Post-Atrocity Accountability in Rwanda and Uganda.' In: Lessa, Francesca and Payne, Leigh A., (eds.), Amnesty in the Age of Human Rights Accountability Comparative and International Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 210-236.

Clark, Phil (2012) 'Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies.' In: Brown, Graham K. and Langer, Arnim, (eds.), Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Chasing Cases: The ICC and the Politics of State Referral in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.' In: Stahn, Carsten, (ed.), The International Criminal Court and Complementarity: From Theory to Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Beyond Polarisation: Debating Local Accountability and Reconciliation Rituals in Northern Uganda.' In: Onyango, J. F. and Wrange, P., (eds.), The International Criminal Court and the Juba Peace Process. Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Clark, Phil (2009) 'Tensions in Transitional Justice.' In: Clark, Phil and Kaufman, Zachary D, (eds.), After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond. London: Columbia University Press.

Clark, Phil and Kaufman, Zachary D. (2009) 'After Genocide.' In: Clark, Phil and Kaufman, Zachary D., (eds.), After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond. New York: Columbia University Press.

Clark, Phil (2009) 'The Rules (and Politics) of Engagement: The Gacaca Courts and Post-Genocide Justice, Healing and Reconciliation in Rwanda.' In: Clark, Phil and Kaufman, Zachary D., (eds.), After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond. New York: Columbia University Press.

Clark, Phil (2009) 'Grappling in the Great Lakes: The Challenges of International Justice in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.' In: Bowden, Brett and Charlesworth,, Hilary and Farrall, Jeremy, (eds.), Great Expectations: The Role of International Law in Restructuring Societies after Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Clark, Phil (2008) 'Law, Politics and Pragmatism: ICC Case Selection in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.' In: Clark, Phil and Waddell, Nicholas, (eds.), Courting Conflict? Peace, Justice and the ICC in Africa. London: Royal African Society.

Clark, Phil and Waddell, Nicholas (2008) 'Courting Conflict.' In: Carroll, Patrick and Waddell, Nicholas, (eds.), Courting Conflict? Peace, Justice and the ICC in Africa. Royal African Society.

Journal Articles

Clark, Phil (2014) 'Negotiating Reconciliation in Rwanda: Popular Challenges to the Official Discourse of Post-Genocide National Unity.' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 8 (4). pp. 303-320.

Clark, Phil (2014) 'Bringing Them All Back Home: The Challenges of DDR and Transitional Justice in Contexts of Displacement in Rwanda and Uganda.' Journal of Refugee Studies, 27 (2). pp. 234-259.

Clark, Phil (2014) 'Bringing the peasants back in, again: state power and local agency in Rwanda's Gacaca Courts.' Journal of Eastern African Studies, 8 (2). pp. 193-213.

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Wahrheit, Gerechtigkeit, Heilung: Was Für eine Aufarbeitung Nötig ist.' International Politike.

Clark, Phil (2008) 'Ethnicity, Leadership and Conflict Resolution in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: The Case of the Barza Inter-Communautaire.' Journal of Eastern African Studies, 2 (1). pp. 1-17.

Clark, Phil (2007) 'Hybridity, Holism and ‘Traditional’ Justice: The Case of the Gacaca Community Courts in Post-Genocide Rwanda.' George Washington International Law Review, 39 (4). pp. 765-838.

Clark, Phil and Waddell, Nicholas (2007) 'Dilemmas of Justice.' Prospect.

Clark, Phil (2007) 'In the Shadow of the Volcano: Democracy and Justice in Congo.' Dissent.

Clark, Phil (2005) 'When the Killers Go Home: Local Justice in Rwanda.' Dissent.

Clark, Phil (2005) 'Hero, Failure or Casualty? – A Peacekeeper’s Experience of Genocide.' Dissent. pp. 115-121.

Working Papers / Reports

Clark, Phil (2010) Debating International Justice in Africa. Oxford: Oxford Transitional Justice Research.

Clark, Phil and Palmer, Nicola (2009) International Community Fails Rwanda Again. Oxford Transitional Justice Research Working Paper Series.

Clark, Phil (2009) Can International Courts Do Justice? Conceptions of Justice in Responding to Conflict. Foundation for Law, Justice and Society.

Clark, Phil (2008) Ocampo’s Darfur Strategy Depends on Congo. Oxford Transitional Justice Research Working Paper Series.

Clark, Phil (2008) If Ocampo Indicts Bashir, Nothing May Happen. Oxford Transitional Justice Research Working Paper Series.

Clark, Phil (2007) Making Peace Our Own: Victims’ Perceptions of Accountability, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda. Geneva: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Clark, Phil and Waddell, Nicholas (2007) Peace, Justice and the ICC in Africa. London: Royal African Society.

Clark, Phil Doing Justice during Conflict: The International Criminal Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. (Submitted)

Book Reviews

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Review of Joanna Quinn (ed.), Reconciliation(s): Transitional Justice in Postconflict Societies.' International Journal of Transitional Justice, 4 (1). pp. 138-143.

Clark, Phil (2008) 'Review of Victor Peskin, 'International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and State Cooperation'.' Ethics and International Affairs, 22 (4).

Clark, Phil (2005) 'Review of Nigel Eltringham, Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda.' African Affairs . pp. 146-147.

Clark, Phil (2004) 'Judging Genocide on the Grass.' Oxonian Review of Books, 3 (4).

Clark, Phil (2004) 'Voices of the Victims.' Oxonian Review of Books, 3 (1).

Other

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Gacaca: Rwanda's Experiment in Community-Based Justice for Genocide Crimes Comes to a Close.' Foreign Policy Digest.

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Truth and Reconciliation at a Price.' Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Clark, Phil (2010) 'Kagame's Power Struggle.' The Guardian.

Clark, Phil (2008) 'Congo Crisis: Two Misjudgements.' The New York Times.

Clark, Phil (2006) 'Traditional Justice: Gacaca in Rwanda.' Interview transcript in New Vision.

Clark, Phil (2006) 'Justice Must Be Relevant to Iraqis.' Essay in PostGlobal Debate: Salvaging Iraq, The Washington Post.

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