PluriRights at Guantanamo: Project Update
In this International Criminal Law seminar, researcher Kjersti Lohne will present outlines of two research articles based on her research project funded by PluriCourts. Throughout the past five months, she has conducted multi-sited ethnography including interviews with key players at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, and in Washington DC, New York, London and The Hague
Camp Justice tents, Guantanomo. Photograph taken by Kjersti Lohne.
Working Paper 1: NGO Observers at the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions This paper explores the role of NGOs at the Guantanamo Military Commissions, and discusses the implications of their participation for the legitimacy of the military commissions. While there is a plethora of NGOs focusing on the implications of the ‘global war on terror’, including human rights NGOs lobbying US Congress or conducting strategic litigation on behalf of Guantanamo detainees in international courts, this paper takes the monitoring role of ‘NGO observers’ as point of departure for discussing legitimacy in the military commission proceedings taking place at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Working Paper 2: Legitimacy Work in the Everyday Life at Gitmo This paper takes a bottom-up approach to explore how legitimacy battles are part of everyday life among key actors in the legal drama unfolding at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. Through analyzing the constitution and contestation of (i) space, (ii) of victims and victimhood, (iii) and of law, the paper rejects the imaginary of Guantanamo as ‘lawless’ and a ‘space of exception’. Rather, it is suggested that Guantanamo offers a unique prism into studying legitimacy-making and lawfare ‘at work in the micro’.