Lars Waldorf joined Dundee Law School as a Reader in September 2017. Before that he was a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (University of York) and a Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London).
In his first career, he practiced as a civil rights and poverty lawyer in the US for nine years, including five years as a senior trial attorney with the Justice Department (in the Clinton years!). After an interlude as a journalist reporting on genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he ran Human Rights Watch’s field office in Rwanda in 2002 and 2003. In 2004-5, he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and taught in the BA Program at The New School.
Lars earned a BA from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland-Galway).
Lars has authored numerous publications on transitional justice, legal empowerment, and Rwanda, including three co-edited books: Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence (with Scott Straus); Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence (with Rosalind Shaw) and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants (with Ana Patel and Pablo de Greiff).
He is Principal Investigator for an AHRC-ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (PaCCS) project that looks at how combining mixed-abled dance and rights-awareness may empower people with conflict-related disabilities in Sri Lanka. More information about that research is available at https://performingempowerment.wordpress.com/.
Undergraduate: English Criminal Law and Evidence; Justice, Law and Human Rights (with Kirsteen Shields)
Postgraduate: International Criminal Justice (with Sophie Rigney)
PhD Supervision: Lars is happy to supervise PhDs in the area of transitional justice, peacebuilding, international criminal law, legal empowerment/access to justice, Responsibility to Protect, and international human rights.
Lars is an Associate Editor at The International Journal of Human Rights and on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice. He has worked as a consultant for several organizations, including the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
He has been an external examiner for postgraduate human rights programs at the Edinburgh Law School and Kingston University.
Institutional Gardening in Unsettled Times: Transitional Justice and Institutional Contexts. in R Duthie & P Seils (eds), Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies., Chapter 1, International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, pp. 40-83.
Apotheosis of a Warlord: Paul Kagame. in A Themner (ed.), Warlord Democrats in Africa: ex-military leaders and electoral politics. Africa Now, Zed Books, London, pp. 68-94.
'Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict' UNU-WIDER, Helsinki.
Legal Empowerment: Between Transition and Transformation. in From Transitional to Transformative Justice. UNESCO/Cambridge University Press.
Local Transitional Justice: Customary Law, Healing Rituals and Everyday Justice. in O Simic (ed.), An Introduction to Transitional Justice. Routledge, pp. 157-176.
'Inhumanity's law: Crimes against humanity Rto P and South Sudan' International Politics, vol 53, no. 1, pp. 49-66. DOI:
'Critical perspectives on the security and protection of human rights defenders' International Journal of Human Rights, vol 19, no. 7, pp. 883-895. DOI:
Legal Empowerment and Liberal-Local Peace-building. in M Saul & JA Sweeney (eds), International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy., Chapter 11, Post-Conflict Law and Justice, Routledge, London, pp. 229-250.
'Introduction: Legal empowerment in transitions' International Journal of Human Rights, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 229-241. DOI:
'Genocidio, justifica y reconciliación en Ruanda' Politica Exterior, no. 160.
'Thinking Big': Rwanda's Post-Genocide Politics.
'Rwanda's Illiberal Peacebuilding' Afriche e Orienti, vol XVI, no. 3, pp. 21-34.
'Getting the Gunpowder Out of Their Heads: The Limits of Rights-Based DDR' Human Rights Quarterly, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 701-719. DOI:
'White Noise: Hearing the Disaster' Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 469-474. DOI:
Just Peace?: Integrating DDR and Transitional Justice. in CL Sriram, J Garcia-Godos & O Martin-Ortega (eds), Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground. Law, Conflict and International Relations, Routledge, London, pp. 62-80.
'Anticipating the Past: Transitional Justice and Socio-economic Wrongs' Social & Legal Studies, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 171-186. DOI:
Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights After Mass Violence. Critical Human Rights, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.
Instrumentalizing Genocide: The RPF's Campaign Against 'Genocide Ideology'. in S Straus & L Waldorf (eds), Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence. Critical Human Rights, University of Wisconsin Press, Wisconsin.
Introduction: Seeing Like a Post-Conflict State. in S Straus & L Waldorf (eds), Remaking Rwanda: State building and human rights after mass violence. Critical Human Rights, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin.
'The Impunity Gap of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: causes and consequences' Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, vol 34, no. 1, pp. 49-85.
Rwanda: Uk Subsidised Media Repression.
Rwanda's Renaissance Goes Off the Rails.
Truth-Telling and DDR. in AC Patel, PD Greiff & L Waldorf (eds), Disarming the past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants. Social Science Research Council.
Disarming the past: transitional justice and ex-combatants. Advancing Transitional Justice, Social Science Research Council.
'"A Mere Pretense of Justice": Complementarity, Sham Trials, and Victor's Justice at the Rwanda Trial' Fordham International Law Journal, vol 33, no. 4, pp. 1221-1277.
"Like Jews Waiting for Jesus": Posthumous Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda. in R Shaw & L Waldorf (eds), Localizing Transitional Justice: interventions and priorities after mass violence. Stanford Studies in Human Rights, Stanford University Press, pp. 183-204.
Introduction: Making DDR Truly Accountable. in L Waldorf, AC Patel & P De Greiff (eds), Disarming the past: transitional justice and ex-combatants. vol. 4, Advancing Transitional Justice, Social Science Research Council, New York.
Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities After Mass Violence. Stanford Studies in Human Rights, Stanford University Press.
Introduction: Localizing Transitional Justice. in R Shaw & L Waldorf (eds), Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities After Mass Violence. Stanford University Press, Redwood City, CA, pp. 3-27.
'Obituary: Alison Des Forges, 1942-2009' Journal of Genocide Research, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 199-203. DOI:
Transitional Justice and DDR: The Case of Rwanda (Case study). International Center for Transitional Justice, New York.
A Justice "Trickle-Down": Rwanda's First Postgenocide President on Trial. in EL Lutz & C Reiger (eds), Prosecuting heads of state. UNESCO/Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 151-175.
'Revisiting Hotel Rwanda: genocide ideology, reconciliation, and rescuers' Journal of Genocide Research, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 101-125. DOI:
Goats & Graves: Reparations in Rwanda's Community Courts. in C Ferstman, M Goetz & A Stephens (eds), Reparations for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity: systems in place and systems in the making. Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, pp. 515-539.
Remnants and Remains: Narratives of Suffering in Post Genocide Rwanda's Gacaca Courts. in RA Wilson & RD Brown (eds), Humanitarianism and suffering: the mobilzation of empathy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 285-305.
Rwanda. in Child Soldiers - Global Report 2008 . Child Soldiers International, pp. 288-290.
'Ordinariness and Orders: explaining popular participation in the Rwandan genocide' Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 267-269.
'Book Review: Conspiracy to Murder by Linda Melvern' African Studies Review, vol 50, no. 1, pp. 145-147. DOI:
Censorship and propaganda in post-genocide Rwanda. in A Thompson (ed.), The Media and the Rwanda Genocide. Pluto Press, London, pp. 404-416.
'Mass justice for mass atrocity: rethinking mass justice as transitional justice' Temple Law Review, vol 79, no. 1, pp. 1-87.
Rwanda's failing experiment in restorative justice. in D Sullivan & L Tifft (eds), Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective. Routledge, pp. 422-434.