Richard Wilson masterclass: Socio-legal approaches to studying international institutions

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 30 June 2016


Seminar Room A, HC Coombs Building (9), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Richard A. Wilson


Julia Wee
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

In this masterclass, Richard will review a variety of social research methods he has used in studying the varying strategies of legal actors in international institutions over the past 30 years.

These include ethnography and qualitative interviews as well as surveys and statistical analyses. More recently, he has convened focus groups with defense counsel and prosecutors at international tribunals where the participants reflect on fact patterns designed to elicit commentary on the research topic.

ECRs and Phd students are encouraged to register for this masterclass.

Prepatory Readings:

  1. Wilson, Richard (2011) Writing History in International Criminal Trials, Chapter 6
  2. Peskin, Victor (2008) International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans, Chapter 1
  3. Wilson, Richard (2015) Focus Group Fact Pattern and Expert Report

Places are limited and registration by 9am Monday 27 June is required. Your participation in this masterclass will be confirmed by cob 27 June.

Please submit an Expression Of Interest (no longer than one page) articulating why this class is of interest to you at the registration form. Do mention, in particular, if you are using social research methods in your research project and what methodological challenges you are encountering or anticipate encountering.

About the Presenter

Richard Ashby Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at University of Connecticut (UConn) Law School, and founding director of the Human Rights Institute at UConn. He is in Canberra for the ANZSIL conference.

Wilson studies international human rights, and in particular post-conflict justice institutions such as truth and reconciliation commissions and international criminal tribunals. His research on truth commissions focused on how successor governments seek to write history and to forestall retributive justice.

His current project, Propaganda On Trial: the law and social science of international speech crimes, combines law and empirical approaches, including psychology and qualitative interviews, to understand recent efforts by international courts to prosecute political leaders for inciting genocide and instigating war crimes and crimes against humanity.

For more detail, view his UConn profile.

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