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Victims of Armed Conflicts: Law, Psychology and Implications for Conflict Resolution


May 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 90


Brought to you by the Stanford Program in Law and Society


Panel Speakers:

Anupma Kulkarni is a Fellow of the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) and Co-director of the West Africa Transitional Justice (WATJ) Project, a cross-national study on the impact of truth commissions and international criminal tribunals from the perspective of victims of human rights violations in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  Dr. Kulkarni's research specializes in transitional justice, the ways in which post-war and post-authoritarian societies address matters of memory and accountability for human rights violations as part of the larger project of effecting democratic change and political and social reconciliation.  Her book manuscript, Demons and Demos: Truth, Accountability and Democracy in Post-Apartheid South Africa, is based on her award-winning fieldwork in South Africa.  She is also co-authoring, with David Backer, The Arc of Transitional Justice: Violent Conflict, Its Victims & Pursuing Redress in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Shiri Krebs is an international lawyer from Israel, specializing in international humanitarian law (law of war) and terrorism and a predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). From 2005 to 2010 she worked at the Israeli Supreme Court, where she served as legal advisor on international law matters in the Chief-Justice's chambers. After leaving the Supreme Court, Shiri joined the Israeli Democracy Institute as a researcher, working on 'Terrorism and Democracy' projects. Currently, Shiri teaches international criminal law and international humanitarian law at Santa Clara University Law School, while writing her doctoral dissertation at Stanford Law School. Her research focuses on the impact of social identities and socio-psychological biases on war crimes investigations and prosecutions.

Pazit Sela is an experienced clinical psychologist from Israel specializing in treatment modalities with PTSD patients. Dr. Sela started her career as a casualties officer in the Israeli Defense Force during the 1973 war. After gaining her doctorate in Psychology from Boston University, over the past 35 years she has worked in various treatment settings, involving crisis interventions with both individuals and communities. As a therapist, Dr. Sela applies an integrative approach to both focused short-term interventions as well as long-term rehabilitative treatment. She draws on this experience as a frequent speaker and teacher in both academic and professional forums.