This QUB Human Rights Centre book talk will explore The President on Trial, a book co-edited by Dr Sharon Weill and others which scrutinises the trial at the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal against the then-president Hissène Habré's for crimes committed by his security forces in Chad during the 1980s.
Habré's trial and conviction by a specially built court in Dakar is by some accounts the most significant achievement of global criminal justice in the past decade, and the book analyses the trial and its impact using a novel structure of first-person accounts from 26 direct actors (Part I), accompanied by academic analysis from leading experts on international criminal justice (Part II). Combined, these views present both local and international perspectives through distinct but inter-locking parts.
In the discussion, Sharon Weill will discuss the trial process, and also empirical court research methods ("Theorizing Empirical Legal Methods: The Test Case of the Trial of Hissene Habré", ICRC review, forthcoming). For further details about the book, see here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-president-on-trial-9780198858621?cc=fr&lang=en&
About Sharon Weil
Sharon Weill is an Associate Professor of international law at the American University of Paris and Research Associate at Sciences Po, Paris (CERI), where she also teaches. Her research focuses on the links between law, armed conflict/terrorism, and the role of judges, making use of socio-legal approaches, including trial ethnography.
Since 2017, with a multidisciplinary research group, she has been examining the role of French judges as transnational actors in the "fight against terrorism" as well as the transformation of legal systems in the face of transnational jihadism. Previously, her postdoctoral research carried at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on the Guantanamo Bay trials and Israeli military tribunals in the occupied territories.
She holds a PhD from the law faculty of Geneva University (2012). She is the author of book The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-editor The President on Trial Prosecuting Hissène Habré (Oxford University Press, 2020), and the report for the French Ministry of Justice (in French) “Djihadistes on Trial: An ethnographic of French courts (2017-2019)” Email: email@example.com Profile: https://www.aup.edu/profile/sweill