A Just Response to Genocide?

Wed 26 March 2014, 6:30 - 8pm

Inigo Rooms

London, UK

Past event

Criminal justice has held the centre stage in determining a just response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Over the last twenty years, trials have been pursued through the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Rwandan national courts and the localised gacaca community courts. The 20th commemoration of the lives lost during this appalling violence offers an opportunity to ask the broader question of what constitutes a just response to genocide. This panel examines resistance before and during the genocide, established criminal trials, retributive and reparatory justice and, finally, the ongoing nature of claims for prosecution and compensation in Rwanda and overseas.

Part of the exhibition

Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now

21 March - 30 April 2014

Inigo Rooms, London

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In partnership with

The Cultural Institute at King’s

The Cultural Institute at King’s connects the College with practitioners, producers, policy makers and participants across arts and culture, creating space where conventions are challenged and original perspectives emerge.

Survivors Fund (SURF)

Survivors Fund (SURF) works with survivor’s organisations to develop and deliver, fundraise and advocate for, monitor and evaluate programmes to deliver justice, rebuild the lives and empower survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world - ranking in the top 10 in the UK and 16th worldwide


REDRESS is a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. REDRESS works with survivors to help restore their dignity and to make torturers accountable.


SOAS, University of London is the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Royal African Society

The Royal African Society promotes Africa in business, politics, culture and academia. We are a membership society that works to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world.


Alice Urusaro Karekezi, Lecturer, National University of Rwanda (NUR) and board member of the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London

Juergen Schurr, Legal Advisor at REDRESS

Albert Gasake, Legal Advocacy Coordinator, Survivors Fund (SURF) Rwanda

Henry Redwood, PhD candidate in War Studies King’s College London

Nicola Palmer, Lecturer in Criminal Law, Dickson Poon School of Law

Phil Clark (chair), Reader in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS

Book tickets

Tickets are £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged).

Book tickets online

Free tickets are available for members of the Dickson Poon School of Law and students who are part of KISS-DTC, but registration is required via the Law School webpage.

Additional Info

Inigo Rooms
Somerset House East Wing
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS