Genocide Scholar to Speak at School of Law

Lexington, VA Monday, February 15, 2010


Prof. Jens Meierhenrich
The Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute, in partnership with the Department of Politics, will present a public lecture by Professor Jens Meierhenrich of Harvard University on Thursday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. Classroom A.

Professor Meierhenrich will speak about his latest book, exploring judicial responses to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, in a presentation titled "Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda, 1994-2009."

The event is free and open to the public.

Meierhenrich is a member of Harvard's University Committee on Human Rights Studies and has conducted field research in several international organizations as well as in South Africa, Rwanda, Japan, Cambodia, Germany, and Argentina. He recently served in Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and has previously worked with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

A Rhodes Scholar, Meierhenrich is the author of a genocide trilogy, The Rationality of Genocide, The Structure of Genocide, and The Culture of Genocide, all forthcoming from Princeton University Press. His book The Legacies of Law, on the function of legal norms and institutions in the transition to and from apartheid, won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the United States during the previous year on government, politics, or international affairs."

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