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Panel discussion on Alumna's recently published paper happens next week

You are warmly invited to a panel discussion on the recently published paper:

A Judgment like a Spiderweb: Catching Dominic Ongwen in the Language of the International Criminal Court by Ruby Turok-Squire

Monday 28 March 2022 | 4pm UK Time


Mark Drumbl (Washington and Lee University, School of Law)

Flávio de Leão Bastos Pereira (International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Zoryan Institute, University of Toronto, Canada)

Solange Mouthaan (University of Warwick)

Adina-Loredana Nistor (University of Groningen)

Renske Vos (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


Heybatollah Najandimanesh (Stockholm Centre for International Law)

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Congratulations Ruby and good luck for the panel discussion next week.

Excerpt: Drawing on ‪literary methods of close analysis, and thereby extending possibilities for theorising International Criminal Law, I argue that the judgment creates a spiderweb-like structure of ‪descriptions of suffering… Against this spiderweb of victimhood, the court’s language casts one perpetrator. ‪Ongwen stands in contrast, his complexities held at a distance from the reader’s ‪perceptions and empathy. Caught like a fly, Ongwen becomes isolated and ‪entangled within the court’s singular understanding of him. I present the International Criminal Court and its modes of operation as a powerful, patient spider, building this web and catching this fly by crafting its own language.

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Thu 24 Mar 2022, 10:45 | Tags: Publication, Alumni