Representation in and of Transitional Justice: Cambodia and Beyond

On 26 and 27 April 2018, the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice’s Critical Approaches to International Critical Law (CAICL) research cluster hosted a workshop on representation and transitional justice. This workshop explored questions of aesthetics as they relate to transitional justice in both the specific context of Cambodia and more generally in post-conflict societies.

Images of Workshop
Workshop Image Booklet

In this two-day workshop, participants analysed, and critiqued, representations of conflict and post-conflict from an inter-disciplinary perspective. In particular, utilizing images provided by participants, the group explored the ethics of representation, whether this is restricted and informed by a disciplinary perspective or by cross-disciplinary concerns.

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Questions discussed were:

  • How do Law and Art construct notions of victims of conflict?
  • How do they write complementing or contradictory histories?
  • In what way do these two exercise authority in terms of the construction of a historical narrative about victims of conflict?
  • In how far do they play a role in dealing with the trauma of conflict and in the transitioning of a society?
  • Is there a development case to be made for moving from a narrative of passive victimhood to active agents?
  • What is specific about Cambodia and what can be transferred to other post-conflict societies?
‘Falling Apart’ by Séra (Source: Ouch Makara/DC-Cam, reproduced with artist’s permission)


  • Christine Schwöbel-Patel, University of Liverpool (organizer)
  • Randle DeFalco, University of Liverpool (organizer)
  • Savina Sirik, University of Gothenburg/Documentation Center of Cambodia
  • Kunthy Seng, SOAS/Documentation Center of Cambodia
  • Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool, Irish Studies
  • Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering
  • Sarah Jankowitz, University of Liverpool, Irish Studies
  • Claire Pierson, University of Liverpool, Politics
  • Gemma Bird, University of Liverpool, Politics
  • Juliette Doman, University of Liverpool, Latin American Studies/Law
  • Ronald Roberts, University of Liverpool, Law (commencing September 2018)
  • Alex Batesmith, University of Liverpool, Law