Bio

Biography

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).

Research

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/.

Teaching

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.

Activities 

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.

 

Publications

Waldorf, L 2017,

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. New York, pp. 40-83.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2017,

Apotheosis of a Warlord: Paul Kagame. in A Themner (ed.), Warlord Democrats in Africa: ex-military leaders and electoral politics. Africa Now, London, pp. 68-94.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, LT 2017

'Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict' Helsinki.

Research output: Working Paper



Waldorf, LT 2017,

Legal Empowerment: Between Transition and Transformation. in From Transitional to Transformative Justice. UNESCO/Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2016,

Local Transitional Justice: Customary Law, Healing Rituals and Everyday Justice. in O Simic (ed.), An Introduction to Transitional Justice. pp. 157-176.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2016,

'Inhumanity's Law: Crimes Against Humanity Rto P and South Sudan' International Politics, vol 53, no. 1, pp. 49-66. DOI:
10.1057/ip.2015.37

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Bennett, K, Ingleton, D, Nah, AM, Savage, J & Waldorf, L (ed.) 2015,

'Critical perspectives on the security and protection of human rights defenders' International Journal of Human Rights, vol 19, no. 7, pp. 883-895. DOI:
10.1080/13642987.2015.1075301

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2015,

Legal Empowerment and Liberal-Local Peace-building. in M Saul & JA Sweeney (eds), International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. Post-Conflict Law and Justice, Routledge, London, pp. 229-250.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2015,

'Introduction: Legal empowerment in transitions' International Journal of Human Rights, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 229-241. DOI:
10.1080/13642987.2015.1029335

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, LT 2014,

'Genocidio, justifica y reconciliación en Ruanda' no. 160.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, LT

'Thinking Big': Rwanda's Post-Genocide Politics.

Research output: Other Contribution



Waldorf, L 2014,

'Rwanda's Illiberal Peacebuilding' Afriche e Orienti, vol XVI, no. 3, pp. 21-34.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, LT 2013,

'Getting the Gunpowder Out of Their Heads: The Limits of Rights-Based DDR' Human Rights Quarterly, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 701-719. DOI:
10.1353/hrq.2013.0045

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2012,

'White Noise: Hearing the Disaster' Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 469-474. DOI:
10.1093/jhuman/hus025

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2012,

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, London, pp. 62-80.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2012,

'Anticipating the Past: Transitional Justice and Socio-economic Wrongs' Social & Legal Studies, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 171-186. DOI:
10.1177/0964663911435827

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Straus, S & Waldorf, L (eds) 2011,

Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights After Mass Violence. Critical Human Rights, Madison, WI.

Research output: Book Anthology



Waldorf, LT 2011,

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, Wisconsin.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L & Straus, S 2011,

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, Madison, Wisconsin.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L & Haskell, L 2011,

'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.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L

Rwanda: Uk Subsidised Media Repression.

Research output: Other Contribution



Waldorf, L & Straus, S

Rwanda's Renaissance Goes Off the Rails.

Research output: Other Contribution



Waldorf, LT 2010,

Truth-Telling and DDR. in AC Patel, PD Greiff & L Waldorf (eds), Disarming the past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cutter Patel, A, De Greiff, P & Waldorf, L (eds) 2010,

Disarming the past: transitional justice and ex-combatants. Advancing Transitional Justice.

Research output: Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2010,

'"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.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2010,

"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.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2010,

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, New York.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Shaw, R (ed.), Waldorf, L (ed.) & Hazan, P 2010,

Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities After Mass Violence. Stanford Studies in Human Rights, Stanford University Press.

Research output: Book Anthology



Waldorf, L & Shaw, R 2010,

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.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Straus, S & Waldorf, L 2009,

'Obituary: Alison Des Forges, 1942-2009' Journal of Genocide Research, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 199-203. DOI:
10.1080/14623520903118946

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2009,

Transitional Justice and DDR: The Case of Rwanda (Case study). New York.

Research output: Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2009,

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.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2009,

'Revisiting Hotel Rwanda: genocide ideology, reconciliation, and rescuers' Journal of Genocide Research, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 101-125. DOI:
10.1080/14623520802703673

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2009,

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.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2008,

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.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2008,

Rwanda. in Child Soldiers - Global Report 2008 . pp. 288-290.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2007,

'Ordinariness and Orders: explaining popular participation in the Rwandan genocide' Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 267-269.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2007,

'Book Review: Conspiracy to Murder by Linda Melvern' African Studies Review, vol 50, no. 1, pp. 145-147. DOI:
10.1353/arw.2005.0142

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, L 2007,

Censorship and propaganda in post-genocide Rwanda. in A Thompson (ed.), The Media and the Rwanda Genocide. Pluto Press, London, pp. 404-416.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Waldorf, L 2006,

'Mass justice for mass atrocity: rethinking mass justice as transitional justice' Temple Law Review, vol 79, no. 1, pp. 1-87.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Waldorf, LT 2006,

Rwanda's failing experiment in restorative justice. in D Sullivan & L Tifft (eds), Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective. Routledge, pp. 422-434.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology