Dr Phil Clark
Dr. Phil Clark is a Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University of London, and co-founder of Oxford Transitional Justice Research, University of Oxford.

He specialises in conflict and post-conflict issues in Africa. His research addresses the history and politics of the Great Lakes region, focusing on causes of and responses to genocide and other forms of mass violence.

His work also focuses on transitional justice, including community-based approaches to accountability and reconciliation and the law and politics of the International Criminal Court. He has a DPhil in Politics from Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

His latest books are The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers (Cambridge University Press, 2010; paperback, 2012) and Doing Justice during Conflict: The International Criminal Court in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (forthcoming).

His articles have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Australian and on the BBC and CNN websites.

Entries by Dr Phil Clark

Rwanda: Kagame Third Term - Popular Support but a Wary Ruling Party

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (23:42)

On 8 October 2015, Rwanda's Supreme Court ruled that Paul Kagame could run for a third presidential term in 2017, dismissing the opposition Democratic Green Party's lawsuit challenging any amendment to the constitutional two-term limit. Explaining the judgement, Chief Justice Sam Rugege said, "Denying the free will of the people...

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Democracy in Rwanda, 20 Years after Genocide

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (12:48)

Over the next week, commemorations will be held across the globe to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which between April and July 1994 claimed the lives of around 800,000 Tutsi and their perceived Hutu and Twa sympathisers. Foreign leaders and journalists descending on Rwanda will find a...

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Why the Congo Experts Need More Scrutiny

(23) Comments | Posted 2 January 2013 | (08:49)

Central Africa attracted more international attention in 2012 than all the years combined since the Congo wars of the late 1990s. While the M23 rebels - who mutinied from the Congolese army last May - remain within striking distance of the key border town of Goma, the regional and international...

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Rethinking the International Response to the Congo Conflict

(9) Comments | Posted 23 August 2012 | (14:14)

As violence continues after the latest rebellion in eastern Congo - which over the last three months has killed hundreds of civilians and displaced around 400,000 - it is necessary to reassess the international response to these events.

The UN Group of Experts report in June, which accused Rwanda...

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