Sussex anthropologists pioneered anthropological approaches to human rights and justice, and have also made significant contributions to debates on science and citizenship, and democracy, participation and transparency. A number of Sussex anthropologists are members of the interdisciplinary Sussex Justice and Violence Research Centre. Our research into rights, citizenship and conflict emphasises the contextual dimension of such processes, focusing on the specific social, political and legal contexts in which claims are negotiated, from local communities to international tribunals to supranational bureaucracies. We have examined rights claims in relation to land, technology and knowledge, sexual and reproductive health, and minority or ethnic identities. We have examined context of conflict, violence and conciliation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda/Sudan.
Current projects include Nigel Eltringham's ethnography of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania)