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Carine Placzek

"A new hybrid court in Kosovo: what justice for victims of international crimes?"

Victims have attracted growing attention among international criminal law and transitional justice scholars in the past decades. They put emphasis on the need for a greater ‘victim-centeredness’ of such mechanisms established in the aftermath of violent conflicts. However, as Professor Cherif Bassiouni argued, “much more is needed to make this academic progress a reality for victims on the ground” (2010).

At the crossroads of international criminal law and transitional justice, Carine’s PhD research adopts a socio-legal lens precisely to assess what justice hybrid courts deliver to victims on the ground. In particular, she focuses on the newly created hybrid Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office with jurisdiction over some international crimes committed during the Kosovo conflict (1998-2000). The purpose of her PhD is to fill the literature gap about victims in hybrid courts and the effectiveness of such courts in the light of other transitional justice mechanisms. Her research relies on a bottom-up approach to transitional justice, which directly involves the most affected communities, in order to empirically assess what hybrid courts can achieve in practice.


Carine is a PhD student of both the School of Law and the Mitchell Institute at Queen’s University Belfast. Before beginning her PhD at Queen’s, she worked as a judicial assistant at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Fontainebleau District Court in France. In 2020, she will join the prestigious French National School for the Judiciary (École Nationale de la Magistrature) to be trained as a future judge or prosecutor. Carine has also experience as a research and teaching assistant (Sciences Po Paris) and she is currently involved in a research project analysing French counter-terrorism laws and case-law. She also worked in Cambodia as a project manager and undertook during her studies internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and human rights NGOs in Serbia and in France.

Carine got her Master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialisation in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with honours in 2014 (Sciences Po Paris). The same year she also obtained her Masters of Laws in Common Law and Comparative Law with honours (University Paris Descartes). She previously received her Bachelor degree in Political and Social Sciences with honours in 2011 (Sciences Po Paris).


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