Why Judgments Are Not History: the limitations of courtroom contributions to the historical record in Africa

Bouwknegt, T. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic


A central claim of international criminal prosecutions is that they contribute to fact-finding and establishing a historical record. But do they? In this presentation Dr. Thijs Bouwknegt addresses the process of legal-historical truth finding, the use of witness testimonies as historical sources, and the legacies of international trials in the wake of the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002), the genocide in Rwanda (1994), and contested leadership change in Côte d’Ivoire (2010 -2011). He raises important questions about the discrepancies between prosecutorial and historical endeavors.
Period04 Nov 2019
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • History
  • Transitional Justice