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Mark Kersten (creator and author) – I am currently a researcher at the LSE, specialising in conflict and peace studies and international criminal justice, in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics. My work examines the relationship between peace and justice. More specifically, I focus on the implications and effects of the International Criminal Court’s investigations on peace processes and negotiations in Libya, Darfur and northern Uganda. Rather than locate my work within the field of law, I try to ground it in conflict resolution theory and conflict and peace studies. Because of the location of my work within both the fields of international law and violent political conflict, I requested dual-supervision. My supervisors, to whom I am eternally grateful, are Kirsten Ainley and Mark Hoffman.
Alana Tiemessen (co-author) - Alana will be joining the University of Chicago in fall 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst. Her current research focuses on judicial interventions and the International Criminal Court, transitional justice norms and practice, and the intersection of international security and human rights in failed states and post-conflict societies. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter and on Academia.edu
Former JiC Contributors
Patrick Wegner (former co-author, 2011-12) – Patrick has studied political sciences, sociology and public law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen and the University of Leicester in England. He was then assistant of the executive board and managing director at the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) in Germany from December 2008 to February 2010. Since March 2010 Patrick is writing a dissertation in the scope of the International Max Planck Research School on Successful Dispute Resolution as a scholarship holder of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. His supervisor is Prof. Andreas Hasenclever from the University of Tübingen. He is currently conducting research in northern Uganda.
Elke Schwarz (former editor, 2011-12) – Elke is a PhD student in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics. She is supervised by Kim Hutchings. Her PhD thesis focuses on how ‘life politics’ relate to the ethics of political violence in modernity and takes its cue from a question Sheldon Wolin posed in 1962: “Do the social and political forms of any given age constitute a particular method for adjusting to violence”. In light of this, she examines the relationship of politics and violence in contemporary modernity, where life itself has come to stand at the centre of political concerns. In this, she looks specifically to the work of Hannah Arendt, in comparison and contrast to Michel Foucault and Walter Benjamin, for a perspective that might provide a valuable dimension in addressing the question Wolin poses and aims to position Arendt in the nexus of life-politics-violence for her investigations. Originally from Germany, Elke previously studied International Conflict at King’s College and was a ballet dancer in Nashville, Tennessee for numerous years.