Rachel Kerr Rachel Kerr is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London, UK. She has also served as a Commissioning Editor for Polity Press and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge. She holds a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds and an MA and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Dr Kerr leads the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London and her research interests are broadly concerned with aspects of law and war, in particular transitional/post-conflict justice. She is currently working on a book about perceptions of the ICT in the former Yugoslavia and a research project exploring the role of visual evidence in war crimes prosecutions. Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa, she was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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  • The Military on Trial: The British Army in Iraq. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2008.
  • with Eirin Mobekk, Peace and Justice: seeking accountability after war. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007.
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: An Exercise in Law, Politics and Diplomacy Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Articles and book chapters

  • with James Gow, ‘Law and War in a Time of Terror’ in Adrian Hehir, Natasha Kuhrt and Andrew Mumford, International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the post-911 World. London: Routledge, 2011.
  • ‘A force for good: War, Crime and Legitimacy: the British Army in Iraq’, Defence and Security Analysis 24/4 (2008): 401-419.
  • ‘Peace through justice? The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslovia’ Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies,7 (3) (2007), pp. 373-385.
  • ‘The road from Dayton to Brussels? The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the politics of war crimes in Bosnia’ European Security 14 (3) (2005), pp. 319-337.
  • ‘International Peace and Security and International Criminal Justice’, in Edward Newman and Oliver Richmond (eds), The UN and Human Security (London: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 121-136.
  • ‘International Judicial Intervention? The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia’ International Relations, XV (2) (2000), pp. 17-26.

Other research papers

  • with Jessica Lincoln, ‘The Special Court for Sierra Leone: Outreach, Legacy and Impact’, War Crimes Research Group Paper, King’s College London, 2008.

Book reviews

  • ‘Law, war and crime: war crimes trials and the reinvention of international law’ International Affairs, 84 (1) (2008), pp. 148-149.
  • ‘Prosecuting war crimes: trials and tribulations’ International Journal of Human Rights, 10 (2006), pp. 79-87. [review article]
  • ‘War crimes: Confronting atrociy in the modern world’ Slavonic & East European Review, 83 (4) (2005), pp. 786-787.
  • ‘Kosovo: contending voices on Balkan interventions’ Political Studies, 50 (3) (2002), pp. 647-648.
  • ‘Operational Justice: The Reality of War Crimes Prosecutions in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia’ International Journal of Human Rights, 5 (4) (2001), pp. 110-122. [review article]