SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar gives expert testimony in High Court case on Rwandan genocide

16 August 2017

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS University of London has been cited extensively in a UK High Court judgment on the extradition case of 5 Rwandan genocide suspects.

Dr Clark is an expert witness in the case, which has been on-going for five years, concerning 5 Rwandan genocide suspects who have been living in the UK since 1994. Dr Clark has been working with the Crown Prosecution Service and last year wrote an expert report for the case and was cross-examined for five days in Westminster Magistrates Court.

Dr Clark has been analysing the state of Rwandan politics and the national judicial system in Rwanda for the case. His role in the case builds on his fieldwork in Rwanda since 2003 and his 2010 book The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers (Cambridge University Press).

Dr Clark is currently involved as an expert witness in a range of similar cases in the US, Sweden and at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.