SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Archives and Justice in Sierra Leone and Rwanda

Viviane Dittrich International Relations, LSE

Date: 28 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 28 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar

This paper aims at an enhanced understanding of the role and meaning of archives in the local, regional and international realm focusing on two tribunals located in Africa, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The specific context of international crimes and post-conflict justice is highlighted and the relationship to archives of other justice mechanisms is moreover explored. The archives are one of the most visible tangible legacies of the tribunals’ work and existence. Informed by field research this paper examines the dynamic interaction of the construction and reconstruction of the tribunal archives, specifically in light of ownership and contestation in Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Finally, the role of the archives will be interpreted in relation to the accountability, transparency and legitimacy of institutions.

Organiser: Dr. Marie Rodet

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