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Julia is a Departmental Lecturer in African Studies at Oxford's African Studies Centre. Recently she completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship based in the Faculty of Law. Before that, Julia was a Development Career Lecturer and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Fellow at Oxford's Centre for Criminology.

Julia obtained her doctorate from the University of Marburg. Her doctoral research explored how societies remember their past after mass violence and how they deal with this traumatic rupture evoked by violence through memorial practices. Focused on the case of Rwanda, her thesis is both a empirical enquiry into memorialisation and transitional justice in Rwanda as well as the development of a broader theoretical concept of how societies deal with an uncanny past.

Her recent Leverhulme project 'Atrocity's Archives: The Remnants of Transitional Justice' explores and compares the archival narratives of the Rwandan Gacaca Courts and those of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Julia's research is concerned with the ways narratives of the harm committed emerge and how the underlying assumptions of the Gacaca courts and the ICTR are addressed in the archival texts.


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  • J Viebach, 'Commentary on Principle 3 ‘The Duty to Preserve Memory’' in P Gaeta, F Haldemann, T Unger (ed), Commentary on the United Nations Set of Principles to Combat Impunity (Oxford University Press 2015) (forthcoming)
  • Nicola Palmer, Briony Jones and J Viebach, 'Editorial Note: Ways of Knowing Atrocity: A methodological enquiry into the formulation, implementation and assessment of transitional justice' (2015) Canadian Jounral of Law and Society (forthcoming)
  • J Viebach, 'Alethéia and the Making of the World. Inner and Outer Dimensions of Memorials in Rwanda' in Buckley-Zistel, Susanne /Schäfer, Stefanie (ed), Memorials in Times of Transition (Intersentia 2014) (forthcoming)
  • Buckley-Zistel, S., T. Koloma-Beck, F. Mieth and J Viebach, 'Redressing Violence in Sub-Sahara Africa' in Arrigo, Bruce/Bersot, Heather (ed), The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies (Routledge International Handbooks 2013) (forthcoming)
  • Buckley-Zistel, S. , Mieth, F. and J Viebach, 'Transitional Justice und Entwicklung in Afrika' (2010) Vol 85 Die Friedenswarte. The International Journal of Peace and Organization (forthcoming)

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