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Mass graves, truth and justice : interdisciplinary perspectives on the investigation of mass graves

Mass graves, truth and justice : interdisciplinary perspectives on the investigation of mass graves / edited by Ellie Smith (Research Fellow) and Melanie Klinker (Professor of International Law, Department of Humanities and Law, Bournemouth University, UK).
9781800882386 (e-book)
Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023.
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1 online resource (186 pages)
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"Across the world, mass graves, often containing a multitude of human remains, are sites of human loss, suffering and unimaginable acts of cruelty. While no one mass grave or its investigation is the same, all mass graves contain evidence that is essential to the realisation of justice and accountability goals for victims, affected communities, states in transition and the international community. This book tactfully examines this sensitive topic, demonstrating how mass grave investigations can be highly complex, context-specific, lengthy and expensive processes, requiring significant planning, coordination, expertise and resources. The book analyses the various processes involved in mass grave investigation from a number of disciplinary perspectives and a variety of geographical, cultural and political contexts, including Bosnia, Guatemala, Libya, Nepal and Rwanda. Chapters feature expert contributions from voices in the fields of forensic sciences, advocacy and the judiciary, along with world-leading international legal expertise on mass graves, their protection and investigation. This timely book will be an ideal resource for practitioners and academics in the fields of international criminal law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and transitional justice. Students interested in forensic archaeology, anthropology, fact-finding and human rights investigations will also find this a stimulating read"-- Provided by publisher.
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March 15, 2023
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Foreword / by Morris Tidball-Binz
Introduction: Mass graves, truth and justice / Melanie Klinkner and Ellie Smith
1. Nepal's experience of mass grave investigation: The godar exhumation / Gauri Pradhan
2. (im-)mobilisation of efforts for justice in libya and the tarhuna mass graves case / Alessandra La Vaccara
3. Anatomy of a grave: The kozluk excavations as an exemplar of a successful mass grave investigation / Ian Hanson
4. Rwanda's gacaca courts and the discovery of mass graves / Julia Viebach, Denis Bikesha and Allan Moore
5. The practice of identifying the victims of guatemala's civil war: Who is being identified? / Gillian Fowler and Stefan Schmitt
6. Interview with judge howard morrison / Melanie Klinkner and Ellie Smith
7. Interview with dr agnès callamard / Melanie Klinkner and Ellie Smith
8. Conclusion and outlook on things to come / Melanie Klinkner and Ellie Smith
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