Mr Benjamin Thorne

Post:Research student (Law)
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Benjamin’s research focuses on memory and transitional justice, particularly drawing upon insights from continental philosophy, Giorgio Agamben, Paul Ricoeur, and Michel Foucault, as a lens through which to explore empirical issues during periods post-conflict transition. His doctoral thesis investigates the manner in which processes of witness testimony at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda set up conditions for the way in which individual memories of Human Rights violations are collective understood. He does this by engaging with documents from the archive of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda that relate to the selection of witnesses. More generally Benjamin’s research interests include: Discourse theory and analysis, trauma narratives, conflict archives (legal), the coexistence of spaces of law and faith within justice and reconciliation, Human Rights and subjectivity.

Benjamin was part (Academic Partner) of a Levehulme funded collabrative research project, between Oxford University Faculty of Law, Swisspeace, and Stasi Record Archive (Dec 2017 - June 2018). The project looked at atrocity archives and their role in transitional justice. 


ESRC funded PhD student in Law Studies University of Sussex: memory and transitional justice - Discourse of witnessing and ICTR