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Research Interests
International criminal law, legal theory, legal anthropology, legal sociology, transitional justice, international humanitarian law, memory studies

Research Area(s)
Great Lakes Region of Africa


Pierre Druart is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Law and Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from UCLouvain (Belgium) and a joint Master of Laws from KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His research focuses on the procedural aspects of judicial and extrajudicial mechanisms put in place in the aftermath of mass atrocities. His research project falls within the framework of the Max Planck Fellowship “The Intergenerational Memory of Mass Atrocities: The Missing Piece of Transitional Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution”, jointly led by Prof. Valérie Rosoux, Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets, and Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri.

Why Law & Anthropology?

When a community is facing mass atrocities, legal methods can be useful tools for alleviating some of the adverse impacts of past suffering, offering some form of justice in the present, or preventing future crimes. To achieve positive, appropriate, and tangible results, I am convinced we need to understand the needs of those who are primarily affected by the atrocities. Therefore, I wish to complement my legal background with an anthropological approach. In more concrete terms, I aspire to gain a methodological toolkit that will help me analyse every conflict within its specific context and every judicial or extrajudicial mechanism on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, doing so should allow me to further draw links between these findings, touching upon common pitfalls and identifying possible solutions to remedy them. I am convinced this is only possible through a bottom-up approach, which anthropology, with its theoretical and conceptual tools as well as its methodology focusing on immersive fieldwork, offers.

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