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Transitional Justice in the Middle East book project

On 12-15 August, Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram participated in an authors’ workshop hosted by Georgetown University, Center for Regional and International Studies, School of Foreign Service, in Doha, Qatar as part of their working group on transitional justice in the Middle East. Her contribution on gaps in knowledge and lessons learned will provide a comparative frame for a volume comprised of experts from and on the Middle East and North Africa.

Joint conference on Human Rights and Change in Istanbul

From 16-18 June, Chandra Lekha Sriram, as the chair of the human rights section of the International Studies Association, co-hosted a joint biennial conference on human rights along with relevant sections of the International Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, and the American Political Science Association in Istanbul (http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/HRIstanbul2014.aspx).  The conference featured 30 panels with scholars from around the world, and keynotes from leading scholars and practitioners.

Land grabbing, Land Rights and Human Rights

The Centre for Human Rights in Conflict held a workshop on ‘Land Grabbing, Land Rights and Human Rights” on 6th June 2014. The workshop, organised by Jeremie Gilbert, was funded by a grant from the Modern Law Review addressed the controversial issue of ‘land grabbing’ which refers to a sharp acceleration in acquisition of lands globally by foreign investors in developing countries seeking to produce crops for export. This often results in forced displacement and loss of livelihoods for the local populations. Focusing on the links between human rights and land rights in theory and practice, the workshop offered a unique opportunity to gather the thoughts and perspectives of key international scholars and practitioners whose work on issues related to land rights is rarely congregated.  For workshop programme and presentations, please see here.

Power-sharing agreements and power relations book project

On 6-7 June, Chandra Lekha Sriram took part in an authors’ workshop for a book project led by Caroline Hartzell of the University of Gettysburg and Andreas Mehler of the GIGA research institute in Hamburg.  Sriram’s chapter on power-sharing, power relations and transitional justice will be published as part of a volume of leading scholars on power-sharing peace agreements.

Field research in Kenya on civil society actors and accountability in Kenya

From 18-31 May, Chandra Lekha Sriram conducted field research in Kenya on goals and strategies of civil society actors in promoting accountability in light of current domestic political dilemmas and ongoing challenges to cases at the International Criminal Court.  The research took place as part of a research project on civil society and transitional justice in collaboration with Iavor Rangelov of the London School of Economics and Phil Clark of the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and as part of the LSE’s Security in Transition project, funded by the European Research Council.  The comparative project, examining experiences in Kenya, Uganda, and the Balkans, will result in several publications. The project also held a closed workshop with civil society actors from the three locales on 30-31 May in Nairobi, at the British Institute in East Africa.  The report of the meeting is available here.

The role of civil society in promoting accountability for serious crimes in Kenya

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram is the Principal Investigator of a research project on The role of civil society in promoting accountability for serious crimes in Kenya, supported by the British Academy under its International Partnership and Mobility Scheme. The project involves research and exchange visits with Dr. Thomas Obel Hansen of the United States International University in Nairobi.

On 6 May, as part of this project Chandra Lekha Sriram co-hosted a workshop at UEL convening leading expert scholars and practitioners on Kenyan politics and civil society. This workshop, along with one convened by Sriram and Hansen in Nairobi in February, operated under Chatham House rules but will provide background to inform the article and policy paper being drafted.