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Mark Kersten (creator and author) is a Senior Consultant of the Wayamo Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, in British Columbia, Canada.
Mark’s research and work focuses on: the investigation and prosecution of international crimes; mass atrocity responses and prevention; the effects of judicial interventions by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on conflict, peace, and justice processes; capacity-building and domestic accountability for international crimes; and the nexus between mass atrocities and transnational organized crimes.
In 2011, Mark founded the blog Justice in Conflict, which regularly publishes articles on the challenges of pursuing transitional justice in the context of ongoing violent political conflicts. His work has also appeared in various academic journals and edited volumes, as well as in media publications such as The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. His full academic CV can be found here.
Mark has taught courses on genocide studies, the politics of international law, diplomacy, and conflict and peace studies at the London School of Economics, SOAS, and the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict, and Justice. He holds an MSc and Phd in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) from the University of Guelph.
In 2016, Oxford University Press published Mark’s book, Justice in Conflict – The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace. The book seeks to re-imagine how to study the effects of the ICC on conflict, peace, and justice processes and applies a novel analytical framework to the cases of northern Uganda and Libya. Mark has previously been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, and as researcher at Justice Africa and Lawyers for Justice in Libya in London.
Alejandra Espinosa is JiC’s Senior Editor. Aleja is an incoming fourth-year student at McGill University. She is currently completing a summer placement with the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Crown Law Office – Criminal division. Prior to law school, she worked on Indigenous and justice-focused policy at the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and at the Nunavut Department of Justice. She also interned at the International Criminal Court, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and Nunavut Legal Aid. Aleja has an MA in Political Science from McGill University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary. Aleja is passionate about (international) criminal law and human rights issues. In her spare time, Aleja loves cycling, catching up with friends, and dancing.
Former JiC Contributors
Barrie Sander (former contributor) – Barrie is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. His research focuses on historical narratives and conceptions of justice in international criminal law discourse. Barrie is also the co-founder of Just Innovate and previously qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales at Herbert Smith LLP (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He has also gained experience at a variety of international institutions including the ICTY, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the EU Delegation to the UN in New York
Alana Tiemessen (former contributor) – 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
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.