Chandra Lekha Sriram was Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of East London, where she was founder and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. She died suddenly, far too young, on 2nd October 2018. Chandra was an incredibly important member of the network – she was a mentor to early career scholars as well as a contributor to a wide range of network publications, events and funding applications. We have added our recollections of Chandra to the website set up in her memory at http://lachandra.org/. Rest in peace, our sister, you will be much missed.
At the time of her death, Chandra was, with Sally Holt, the principal investigator of a project funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy on rule of law and accountability, gender, and land and property rights in Colombia. She had recently completed a project as the principal investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project on The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Democratic Institution-Building, in partnership with Dr. Anja Mihr of the University of Utrecht. Previous projects on rule of law, peacebuilding, accountability, and ex-combatants had been funded by the European Union, the British Academy, the US Institute of Peace, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Nuffield Foundation. She wrote extensively on human rights, transitional and international criminal justice, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and conducted research in Central and South America, the Middle East and North and sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Eastern Europe. She was the author of three monographs: Peace as governance: power-sharing, armed groups, and contemporary peace negotiations (Palgrave 2008); Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: A revolution in accountability (Routledge 2005); and Confronting past human rights violations: Justice versus peace in times of transition (Frank Cass 2004).
She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley.
- War, conflict, and human rights: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition. Routledge, 2017, co-authored with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman.
- Beyond transitional justice: Peace, governance and rule of law. International Studies Review, 2017, 19 (1): 53-69.
- Transitional justice in the Middle East and North Africa. Hurst and Oxford University Presses, 2016, edited.
- Fighting for justice (and survival): Kenyan civil society accountability strategies and their enemies. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2015, 9 (3): 244-260, with Thomas Obel-Hansen.
- Making rights real? Minority and gender provisions and power-sharing arrangements. International Journal of Human Rights, 2013, 17 (2): 275-288.
- Spoilers of justice. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 2013, 31 (2): 248-262.
- Transitional justice and peacebuilding on the ground: Victims and excombatants. Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Jemima García-Godos, Johanna Herman, and Olga Martin-Ortega.
- Closing impunity gaps: Regional transitional justice processes? Transitional Justice Review, 2012, 1 (1): 3-30, with Amy Ross.
- International Law, International Relations Theory, and Post-Atrocity Justice: Towards a Genuine Dialogue. International Affairs, 2006, 82 (3): 467-78 .
Selected consultancy documents and policy papers
- Responding to mass atrocities and human rights abuses, UK Department for International Development, 2015, preparation of reading pack, webinar and related materials for conflict advisers on mass atrocities.
- Rule of Law, Security and Transitional Justice in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Societies, Stimson Center and Hague Institute for Global Justice, 2015, with Anja Mihr.
- Civil society and transitional justice in Kenya. LSE Security in Transition Paper, 2015 .
- Pathways of impact: How transitional justice affects democratic institution-building. 2014, with Valerie Arnould.
- The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Promoting Justice or Prolonging Conflict? Conciliation Resources, Accord No. 24, 2012.
- A breakthrough in justice? Accountability for post-election violence in Kenya. Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2010.
- Governance in Conflict Prevention and Recovery: A Guidance Note. United Nations Development Programme, 2009, lead author with Judith Large and Stephen Brown.
- Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding Strategies: Considerations for Policymakers. Centre on Human Rights in Conflict and University of Lund, 2009, with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman.
- Peace as governance? Critical challenges to power-sharing peace deals. Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2009.
- Just peace? Peacebuilding and rule of law in Africa: Lessons for policymakers. Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2009, with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman.
Selected media, commentaries, and blog posts
- Rwanda takes the initiative to prosecute international crimes itself. The Conversation, 17 January 2017.
- “Comments” in Transitional justice and judicial activism symposium. Opinio Juris, 10 December 2015.
- Television interview on the release of the Brazilian Truth Commission Report. BBC World News, 10 December 2014.
- ‘Africa’s Pinochet’ or the beginning of ‘African Solutions’? Aljazeera, 9 February 2013.
- Justice in transition: Rule of law, peacebuilding, victims and excombatants. Global Policy, 26 February 2013.
- Justice Programming in Conflict Affected and Transitioning Countries – Video interview. Global Policy, 26 February 2013.
- ICJ and Habre: A possible end to a long road to accountability. The Jurist, 12 March 2012.
- After the Peace, then What? Kenyon Institute/British Council in Palestine, 23 May 2012.
- ICC hypocrisy over war crimes. The Guardian, 22 June 2010.
- The ICC review conference: the forgotten issues. The Jurist, 17 June 2010.
- State aggression is finally a crime: But how is it punished? The Guardian, 14 June 2010.
- Looking forward, backward, or just away? Human Rights and Human Welfare Roundtable, 1 June 2009.