Forensic Methodologies and Non-Legality Practices in International Criminal Investigations of Mass Graves

During this Interanational Law lunch Postdoctoral Fellow at PluriCourts Shakira Maria Bedoya Sanchez will make a presentation "Whose Rules Are We Playing By? Forensic Protocols and Methodologies in International Criminal Investigations of Mass Graves"

Bosnia mass grave. Photo: wikimedia commons

Currently, there are a variety of NGO’s and one international organization working in the area of forensic investigation of atrocity crimes. The connection between these agencies and international criminal tribunals present different problems, especially since both the adaptation of forensic protocols and practices leads to methodological collisions and their constant negotiation. Drawing from the perspective of critical international legal theory and ethnographic approaches to international law, this presentation re-describes the working process of forensic exhumations as jurisdictional spaces of “non-legality” (Fleur Johns, 2013) taking as extended cases the work of different forensic teams for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (the ICTY). 

All those who wish to attend the seminar are kindly asked to read three texts:

  • Fleur Johns' article "Making non-legalities in international law” 
  • Zoë Crossland’s article "Evidential Regimes of Forensic Archeology" 
  • UNMIK Forensic Report

For reading materials please contact Rinat Ziyodillaev

PluriCourts organizes international law lunches once a month where scholars from the University of Oslo and external researchers and practitioners present current topics of public international law. The international law lunches are open to all.

Published Aug. 12, 2015 9:40 AM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2016 1:08 PM