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Advocates of Humanity

When: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Webinar, BB Collaborate

Speaker: Kjersti Lohne

Join the IHSS for a book webinar with Dr Kjersti Lohne on her recent release Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press).

Kjersti Lohne

Please note that this webinar has now been rescheduled to Thursday 11 June.

About the book

Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice offers an analysis of international criminal justice by exploring the role of human rights NGOs in their mobilization for global justice through the International Criminal Court. Based on multi-sited ethnography, primarily in The Hague and Uganda, Advocates of Humanity shows how international criminal justice is situated in particular spaces, networks, and actors, and how they structure the imaginations of justice circulating in the field. From a sociology of punishment perspective, it compares the 'penal imaginations' of domestic and international criminal justice, and considers the particularly central role of victims as a universalized symbol of humanity for the legitimacy of international criminal justice. With clear global asymmetries emerging from the work, Advocates of Humanity provides descriptive as well as explanatory understandings of criminal punishment 'gone global', analyzing its social causation while examining its cultural meanings, particularly as regards its role as an expression of 'the international' will to punish. To whom is it meaningful, and why?


About the author

Dr Kjersti Lohne is a Research Fellow at the Department of Public and International Law and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo. Her research interests spans the intersections of (il)legality, politics, and expertise across the sectors of international justice, humanitarianism, and human rights, and her work has appeared in leading international journals such as Law & Society Review, Theoretical Criminology, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and Surveillance & Society. She has previously worked or been a visiting researcher at the Police University College Oslo (2010), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2010, 2016), Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2013), the University of Oxford (2014), and the University of Copenhagen (2018). Lohne received His Majesty the King’s Gold Medal for her research in 2017, was elected member of the Young Academy of Norway in 2018, and was awarded the European Society of Criminology Young Scholar Award in 2019.


About the respondent

Dr Leila Ullrich is a Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary University of London. Previously, she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Criminology at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College.



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