Hardback

Mass Graves, Truth and Justice

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Investigation of Mass Graves

9781800882379 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ellie Smith, Research Fellow and Melanie Klinkner, Professor of International Law, Department of Humanities and Law, Bournemouth University, UK
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 237 9 Extent: c 192 pp
Across the world, mass graves, often containing a multitude of human remains, are sites of human loss, suffering and unimaginable acts of cruelty. While no one mass grave or its investigation is the same, all mass graves contain evidence that is essential to the realisation of justice and accountability goals for victims, affected communities, states in transition and the international community.

Copyright & permissions

Recommend to librarian

Your Details

Privacy Policy

Librarian Details

Download leaflet

Print page

More Information
Critical Acclaim
Contributors
More Information
Across the world, mass graves, often containing a multitude of human remains, are sites of human loss, suffering and unimaginable acts of cruelty. While no one mass grave or its investigation is the same, all mass graves contain evidence that is essential to the realisation of justice and accountability goals for victims, affected communities, states in transition and the international community.

This book tactfully examines this sensitive topic, demonstrating how mass grave investigations can be highly complex, context-specific, lengthy and expensive processes, requiring significant planning, coordination, expertise and resources. The book analyses the various processes involved in mass grave investigation from a number of disciplinary perspectives and a variety of geographical, cultural and political contexts, including Bosnia, Guatemala, Libya, Nepal and Rwanda. Chapters feature expert contributions from voices in the fields of forensic sciences, advocacy and the judiciary, along with world-leading international legal expertise on mass graves, their protection and investigation.

This timely book will be an ideal resource for practitioners and academics in the fields of international criminal law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and transitional justice. Students interested in forensic archaeology, anthropology, fact-finding and human rights investigations will also find this a stimulating read.
Critical Acclaim
‘Whether as a result of criminal activity, conflict, gross human rights abuse, or as a means of respectfully managing large-scale deceased persons following disasters, mass graves are sadly common global phenomena. Providing examples from different geographical contexts, the contributors to this volume discuss the processes and complexities involved in working on mass graves. The range of perspectives provided by the authors make the book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the international legal framework related to the management and investigation of mass graves.’
– Soren Blau, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia
Contributors
Contributors include: Denis Bikesha, Gillian Fowler, Ian Hanson, Melanie Klinkner, Alessandra La Vaccara, Allan Moore, Gauri Pradhan, Stefan Schmitt, Ellie Smith, Julia Viebach
My Cart